More Than Just Black…
Adam Elsheimer’s The Flight Into Egypt is considered the first known painting to accurately depict the stars of the night sky and the Milky Way. Can you find Ursa Major?
Interestingly, this painting is said to date from around 1609, yet that means it predates Galileo’s first published telescope observations by a year (Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius was published in 1610, although he made observations in 1609), and he likely couldn’t have seen all this with the naked eye. Any art or science historians know the full story?
It’s a beautiful thing to see that science has been influencing art for so long.