Sunday, September 22, 2013

One of My Favorite Religious Objects Ever

An automaton of San Diego de Alcala commissioned by King Phillip II from the great clockmaker Juanelo Turriano as a votive offering for the recovery of the Crown Prince from a serious injury.

Here's the whole story, really amazing.

This video has no sound, and the quality is shaky, but it is extraordinary.

This is a replica of the original built by John Hiller for the Smithsonian Institution where Turriano's automaton now resides.

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