GENESIS

The concept of a spherical Earth dates back to ancient Greek philosophy and was later confirmed when Hellenistic astronomy established the shape as a physical fact. The form of the Earth fascinated explorers, free thinkers and scientists throughout the ages leading them to present the seas and continents on a sphere. Thus, the globe was born – a beautiful object, a creation of science, history and man’s imagination.
In the 17th century, Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and cosmographer, went even further by merging “form and substance, art and science.” He took a remarkable aesthetic to geographic data and transformed the globe into a work of art.
Seduced, by Coronelli’s artistic interpretation of the Earth, Cardinal d’Estrees, Louis XIV’s ambassador to the court of Rome, ordered two globes as gifts for the Sun King. Almost three years were required to make the enormous spheres measuring four meters in diameter.
Hence the legend of the Coronelli globes was born.
Following in this legacy then, Gilles Depays, founded MALTERAN, to continue the tradition of magnificent monumental terrestrial globes.
THE MANUFACTURE OF EXCLUSIVE GLOBES
THE MANUFACTURE OF EXCLUSIVE GLOBES

GENESIS

The concept of a spherical Earth dates back to ancient Greek philosophy and was later confirmed when Hellenistic astronomy established the shape as a physical fact. The form of the Earth fascinated explorers, free thinkers and scientists throughout the ages leading them to present the seas and continents on a sphere. Thus, the globe was born – a beautiful object, a creation of science, history and man’s imagination.
In the 17th century, Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and cosmographer, went even further by merging “form and substance, art and science.” He took a remarkable aesthetic to geographic data and transformed the globe into a work of art.
Seduced, by Coronelli’s artistic interpretation of the Earth, Cardinal d’Estrees, Louis XIV’s ambassador to the court of Rome, ordered two globes as gifts for the Sun King. Almost three years were required to make the enormous spheres measuring four meters in diameter.
Hence the legend of the Coronelli globes was born.
Following in this legacy then, Gilles Depays, founded MALTERAN, to continue the tradition of magnificent monumental terrestrial globes.