International Symposium in Strasbourg: Premiere of The Da Vinci Globe

Image courtesy of La Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg.

Professor Stefaan Missinne will be premiering his new book The Da Vinci Globe on October 15th at the Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire (BNU) in Strasbourg. The lecture is part of the international symposium Faire connaître les mondes en découverte [Make the world in discovery known], sponsored by the BNU, University of Strasbourg and University of Paris VII-Diderot. The symposium addresses the process by which the worlds in discovery are brought to the knowledge of a wider audience. The conference will focus on the process of discovery in its social context, the links between discoverers and media, the mechanisms of transmission by the media, and the societal effects of media coverage of discoveries. The symposium will be held in the auditorium of the BNU and talks will be in French, English, and German.

Missinne’s fascinating book, The Da Vinci Globe takes the reader through a fabulous journey of scholars, maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrases to illuminate the story of the da Vinci globe. The study details 500 years of mystery, fine scholarship and expert forensic testing at numerous material science laboratories the world over. The da Vinci globe now takes its rightful place, surpassing the Lenox globe, its copper-cast identical twin, as the most mysterious globe of our time. As such, this monograph is an essential text in Leonardo studies and in the history of cartography.

Critical acclaim for the volume has been widespread, excerpts of which can be found below:

“Dr. Missinne’s detailed investigations provide irrefutable arguments towards the conclusion that the Ostrich Egg Globe and it’s twin are from the hand of nobody else than Leonardo da Vinci.”

Johan Ickx, Università Europea di Roma and Head of the Archive in Vatican City

“It takes one thing to know a Da Vinci but it is quite another to prove one. And in this, Missinne’s book provides a great read to the world. Here, European artists are shown to be expert in more than one field, proficient in more than one area. This greatly enlarges our view of European art history and illuminates new paths of knowledge.”

J. Constable, Italian Renaissance Expert, Cambridge, USA

“The account that Professor Missinne has presented on his remarkable discovery is absolutely overwhelming, so much so that I sincerely believe that it will soon become acknowledged as one of the most significant discoveries of the 21st century.”

António de Almeida Ribeiro, Ambassador of Portugal to Austria

“The iconographical evidence is quite a revelation. This volume will be welcomed by scholars of archival research, art, cartography, geography, history, spatial sciences, natural and physical sciences and it deserves a place on the bookshelf of personal and public libraries.”

Prof. Dr. Vivian Louis Forbes, University of Western Australia

To learn more about the symposium, click here.

To purchase a copy of The Da Vinci Globe or to read an excerpt from it, please click here.

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