Edizioni Polistampa | Firenze | Scheda Libro

Lo Gnomone di Santa Maria del Fiore a Firenze / The Gnomon of the Duomo of Florence

Polistampa, 2016

Pages: 112

Features: b/w & col ills, paperback

Size: 17x24

ISBN: 978-88-596-1636-8


Testi e Studi, 32


A1 / Storia dell’arte

DSU1 / Storia

S3 / Scienze

TL7 / Geografia, viaggio, guide

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Italian and English text

The Duomo of Florence and the artistic masterpieces it contains are famous the world over. However, few people know that it also houses valuable scientific instruments, such as the great gnomon designed by the mathematician Paolo Dal PozzoToscanelli. Constructed in the fifteenth century and installed at a height of 90 metres at the summit of Brunelleschi’s cupola, it is the one of the tallest gnomons known to exist. It projects the image of the Sun onto the pavement beneath at the time of transit through the local meridian on the days around the summer solstice.
This book tells the story of this extraordinary astronomical instrument which was used for scientific purposes for over three hundred years, offering fascinating insights into both the history of astronomy and that of the Cathedral itself.