Add to Lightbox Add to Lightbox Buy Image Buy Image

This image is protected by copyright law. Please contact us for advice on our licensing terms, before reproducing it for commercial purposes.

To save a small version of this image for mock-up or research purposes, right click (or control click on Macintosh) and Save Picture As...

De Dondi’s ‘Astrarium’, the world’s first astronomical clock, 1364.

Reconstruction by Thwaites and Reed Ltd. Giovanni de Dondi (1318-1389), a scientific polymath of the Middle Ages, designed and constructed this remarkable and complex clock in Mantua, Italy, between 1348 and 1364. Although the original clock was lost during the sacking of Mantua in 1630, de Dondi left detailed plans which have survived, enabling this reconstruction. Besides the usual mean time, de Dondi’s clock was the first to show sidereal, or star, time and the motions of the sun, moon and the five then known planets (Venus, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter), according to a Ptolemaic conception of the solar system (with the earth at the centre and the sun and planets rotating around it).

Image No. 10249624 | This is a Rights Managed image.

Inventory No.: 1974-0386
Source No.: 1974-0386

Credit © Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library -- All rights reserved.
Search for related items:
To search for related items, choose from the following related keywords. To search multiple keywords, select multiple checkboxes and click Search Selected. To search for a single keyword, click the keyword itself.
Show items that have:
View Lightbox View Lightbox Print Lightbox Print Email Lightbox Email Copy Lightbox Copy Rename Lightbox Rename Delete Lightbox Delete