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Nova Reperta / Lapis Polaris Magnes

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Lapis Polaris Magnes

    Title (series)

    • Nova Reperta
  • Description

    Seated to right, seen on profile, Flavio Amalfitano at his desk measuring a compass while reading a book; a globe and an hourglass also seen on his desk and a dog at his feet; opposite him, floating on air, a sailing ship and below another desk with books and an astrolabe globe; a large recipient filled with liquid and a stone at entre seen in the foreground, to left.


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1590 (c.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
    • Width: 266 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Plated numbered 2. Lettered in margin, below image, with the title and two sentences in Latin: 'Lapis reclusit iste Flavio abditum' and 'Poli suum hunc amorem, at ipse navitae'. On image, bottom right: 'Ion.Stradanus Invent.' and 'Phls. Galle excud.'.
  • Curator's comments

    This is a plate from a series of twenty prints illustrating new inventions and discoveries after Jan van der Straet, for comment see 1948, 0410.4.191.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 324.I (Johannes Stradanus) bibliographic details
    • Baroni Vannucci 1997 697.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (157*.a.38)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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