Two globes forming a matched pair, one terrestrial and the other celestial, came out of hiding at the University of Lausanne. Produced by Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), they are emblematic representatives of the printed globes that appeared in the early 1500s. We invite you to get acquainted with these priceless artefacts and relive the exciting story of their authentication and restoration.
The terrestrial and celestial globes of Gerardus Mercator unquestionably marked one of the major strides of the 16th century towards better understanding the Earth and the Cosmos.
The exciting comeback
Between the emergence from oblivion, the scientific authentication, the restoration and, finally, theshowcasing, a broad range of methods, techniques and expertise were brought through fruitful collaborations.
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Bibliographical references, scientific reports, inventory of existing globes, list of experts and sponsors for this adventure, chronologies about Mercator and his works.