Astronomicum Caesareum
Michael Ostendorfer
May 1540
Hand-colored woodcuts

It took the moon 280 years to grow its face. This illumination depicts the creation of the sun, moon, and stars. And Ostendorfer’s woodcut is a part of a manual on how to use an astrolabe! (More from the Met

I wish today’s IKEA manuals came with encouraging faces.

The Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, about 1250-1260, English, Ink tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment. J. Paul Getty Museum.


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