van de Venne, Adriaen, 1624
de Brune, Johan. Emblemata of zinne-werck. Arrow right Arrow left

photo - whole telescope
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Maker: van de Venne, Adriaen

Year: 1624

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Manufacturing Location: Amsterdam / Middelburg, the Netherlands


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No stand present.

Collection: de Brune, Johan. Emblemata of zinne-werck.

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Engberts, E. "Descriptive catalogue of telescopes in the Rijksmuseum voor de Geschiedenis der Natuurwetenschappen." Leiden. 1970, p. 2.

Louwman, P.J.K., and Zuidervaart, H.J., "A Certain Instrument for Seeing Far: Four Centuries of Styling the Telescope Illustrated by a Selection of Treasures from the Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes". Wasscnaar, 2013. 23.

de Brune, Johan. "Emblemata of zinne-werck". Amsterdam. 1624. pl.47.

Public Notes:

Probably the first Dutch picture of a telescope. An gentleman standing outside a city, holding a refracting telescope to his eye. Not making astronomical observations.

"Illustration of the telescope, accompanying a poem by Johan de Brune,
being a warning against jealousy and envy, stating: Deez nieuwe vond en
konst, die, door een kleyn vizierken, doet schijnen overgroot, dat maer en is een
zierken, verbeelt den rechten aerd van ongunst, haet en nijd. In English: 'This new invention and art, which through a small visor makes appear enlarged what is only a mite, symbolises the true nature of unkindness, hatred and envy'." (Louwman, and Zuidervaart 2013, 23).

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