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Globes in three dimensions

Paris, France

Organisation: Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), Maps and plans department

Six terrestrial and celestial globes housed in the BnF collections are presented with 3D high resolution digital devices. True works of art, they are highlighted by innovative knowledge technologies. The Department of Maps and Plans houses one of the most important collections of antique terrestrial and celestial globes worldwide; it gathers over 200 objects. In order to achieve digitization operations, 55 globes were selected among the most precious ones; realized in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England or the Arabic countries, they are dated between the 11th and the 19th century. Some unique 16th century handwritten or steel engraved pieces belong to this collection. They do not only illustrate the great discoveries but also attest both to the development of printed productions during the Dutch Golden Age and to the diversification of the European production during the Enlightenment.
The 19th century production is also illustrated by several outstanding pieces representative of developments in the field.
In the framework of a skill-based sponsorship granted by the Japanese company, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and with the generous support of the Fondation d’entreprise Total.
Venue: Site François-Mitterrand, Accès par l’entrée est, face au 25 rue Émile Durkheim, Paris
Time schedule: Tuesday - Saturday from 10.00 to 19.00. Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00. Except on Mondays and public holidays.
Entry fee: Free access