Santucci's celestial sphere from the Medici collection at Museo Gallileo in Florence. 1593.
A multitude of golden layers representing the pathways of the stars and planets circling around an earth-centric Universe.
With half a day left in Florence we headed to the Basilica di Santa Croce to see the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei. Sadly it was closed for Befana which was disappointing but gave us a little extra time at the Museo Gallileo (and Institute of Science) which we choose over the Uffizi. We are all feeling a little galleried-out post-Paris!
Museo Gallileo. Istituto e Museo di Storia Della Scienza. Piazza dei Giudici 1. Florence. Italy.
p.s. The museum also has a comprehensive virtual museum and portal for all things Galileo, if you want to learn more without actually going to Florence. I've added the link. x