Gobelin tapestry, "Astronomie"

1510 - 1515

Röhsska Museum

Röhsska Museum

Astronomie is one of Röhsska Museum’s finest textiles, showing a group of men in Mediaeval Western dress making astronomical observations. The only person who can be definitely identified in the picture is the female personification of astronomy to the right. There are a variety of opinions about who the astronomer closest to Astrologia could be.

One interpretation, which is supported by the inscription on the clothing, is that it shows the Arab astronomer Ibn Yunus or Albategnius.

Ibn Yunus (858–929) wrote books and constructed instruments for observing heavenly bodies, but also made significant improvements to the sextant and compass. His most famous book, of which the Latin title is “De Scienta Stellarum – De Numeris Stellarum et motibus” was about astronomy and trigonometry. It was very important in Europe until the Renaissance and translated to a range of languages.

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  • Title: Gobelin tapestry, "Astronomie"
  • Date Created: 1510 - 1515
  • Location Created: Flanders, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: 240 x 350 cm
  • Type: Tapestry
  • Photographer: Mikael Lammgård, Röhsska museum
  • Medium: Gobelin of linen, wool and silk
  • Bibliographic References: Chefs-d'oeuvre de la tapisserie du 16. au 18. siècle : Grand Palais 26 octobre 1973 - 7 janvier 1974, red. Geneviève Souchal, Editions des musées nationaux, Paris 1973 page 157-158