Maker: Gerhard Emmoser (German, active 1556–84)
Culture: Austrian, Vienna
Medium: Case: partly gilded silver and gilded brass; Movement: brass and steel
Dimensions: Overall: 10 3/4 × 8 × 7 1/2 in. (27.3 × 20.3 × 19.1 cm); Diameter of globe: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.636
This richly ornamented clockwork-driven globe combines luxury and complexity, making it a worthy addition to a princely collection. Made for the famed Kunstkammer (art room) of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, the globe originally rotated, powered by an internal movement, and an image of the sun moved along the path of the ecliptic. Use of the mythological winged Pegasus to support the celestial sphere conveys a Renaissance idea that “the wings of the human mind” support the science of astronomy.