Friday, 20 March 2015

Art on Friday; Comets, Meteors, Eclipses

Today we were supposed to see the partial Solar Eclipse here in Europe. I do say 'supposed to' because it was foggy and cloudy so we didn't see a thing here sadly. I was wondering though; are there any paintings about phenomena like these from like for example the Renaissance or later? Well there are;

In this fresco by Giotto di Bondone the Star of Bethlehem is shown as a comet - likely the most famous of all, Halley' Comet.

 Astronomers Studying an Eclipse by Antoine Caron 

"Desolation des Peruviens pendant L'Eclipse de Lune. Voyage Historique de l’Amerique Meridionale."
The Spanish explorer Don Juan described the Peruvians' despair during an eclipse.

The Great Comet of 1680 over Rotterdam by Lieve Verschuier  

A German etching of Kirch's Comet. 1680

  Eclipse by Carl Schmitt (1889-1989)

 The Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection of the Armagh Observatory

© KH

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