A press conference was held yesterday, May 4 2022, to present Philippe-Claude Le Bas's Gregorian reflecting telescope, one of the very first instruments of this kind, made in Paris at the end of the 17th century.
The telescope, acquired by the Italian Ministry of Culture for the Direzione Regionale Musei della Toscana, has been deposited at the Museo Galileo, where it will be on display in the visitors' reception hall.
Philippe-Claude Le Bas (d. Paris, 1677)
Gregorian reflecting telescope
Late 17th century
Brass, steel, mirror metal, glass, stingray skin
H. 37 cm, L. 44 cm
On this occasion, the Orbite Musicali festival was also presented to the public: four concerts throughout May especially conceived by the Conservatory of Florence and inspired by the association between music and science, with particular reference to astronomy.
The press conference was attended by:
Roberto Ferrari, Executive Director, Museo Galileo
Filippo Camerota, Scientific Director, Museo Galileo
Stefano Casciu, Director, Direzione Regionale Musei della Toscana
Giovanni Pucciarmati, Director, Conservatorio L. Cherubini
Giorgio Strano, Curator, Museo Galileo
Natacha Fabbri, Music and Science Projects, Museo Galileo
Antonio Galanti, Conservatorio L. Cherubini
Luciano Garosi, Conservatorio L. Cherubini