GALILEO AND THE "ASTRAL HEAVEN" COLLECTION
JUSTIFICATION, CONTENT AND ACCOUNT OF THE COLLECTION
The collection is an “amazed” vision of the universe, an artistic and poetic look at the cosmos; it speaks about life, about its greatest and tiniest manifestations. I have tried to capture here the emotion and admiration I feel before the impenetrable beauty of the universe around us and the great current of life in which we are immersed and to which we belong. It fills me with an admiration that hopefully I have managed to communicate. This has been the spirit, the motivation and basis of the whole collection, which aims to bring together art, science and poetry.
WHY THE SLOGAN:
"ASTRAL HEAVEN: THE COLLECTION GALILEO COULD HAVE PAINTED"
Newspaper "El Mundo" Updated Wednesday 28/03/2007 12:18 (CET)
FIVE WATERCOLOURS:DRAWINGS OF THE MOON BY GALILEO DISCOVERED:
"This is the most exceptional discovery regarding Galileo made in the last 150 years,"
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an astronomer, who not only observed the moon through his telescope but was also gifted with the ability of painting it. Early in the seventeenth century he produced five works in watercolour, using brown and ochre shades of the earth's satellite. He painted its craters mountains and other geographical features skilfully presenting them on paper with the greatest precision.
Now four centuries later, those five watercolours depicted through the lens of a telescope have finally come to light.
William R. Shea who holds the Galileo chair at Padua University, told the Spanish newspaper "El Mundo"that this is the most exceptional discovery of the last 150 years, regarding Galileo.
These five paintings appeared in the first copy of 'Siderius Nuncius' a book by Galileo that announced the discovery of Jupiter's four moons, along with his observations on lunar forms and craters. The first edition of which produced only 550 copies when it was first published in Venice in 1610.
Proffessor Shea points out that scientific knowledge alone could not of produced them for artistic talent was also essential. Although the the creative side of his life is barely recognised, the Italian astronomer was reputed to be an excellent painter. Spending time at art School during his younger years, Galileo was forced to give up his notion of becoming an artist by his concerning father, who saw it as a poorly paid profession.
However throughout his illustrious life, Galileo maintained a strong relationship with many artists forever gaining a greater pictorial education. The professor also stressed, that only someone with Galileo's background would of possessed the capability of painting, through shading and chiaroscuro, the distant landscapes orf the moon .
We are celebrating an international year of astronomy, in commemoration of 400 years since Galileo first looked through his telescope. An important event that has forged a way for discovery and offered so much to the world of knowledge.
Although Galileo had a difficult life, because of his intelligence, creativeness and deep sense of curiosity, he still managed to contribute many greats things to humanity. However, he was unable to fully develop his unquestionable artistic talent, that inspired him to paint these watercolours as visions from a telescope. Thanks to the revealing of these works, it becomes possible for all those with an interest in searching for knowledge to enjoy viewing them.
Gifted with an amazing sense and awareness of everything surrounding us, of which we are all a part, Galileo was denied the advantage of todays technical and material opportunity of greater self expression, so the 'Astral Heavens' Collection, presents the images he may well of produced if such scope of opportunity was ever offered. Just as if somehow Galileo could relay today on paper or canvass, those true inner feelings that were born through fascination of the universe. Feelings that inspired him to examine and explore the many marvels it holds, whilst attempting to gain understanding of such an unimaginable wonder.
'Astral Heavens' conjures up the excitement of 400 years ago where such feelings first began, only viewing them through an imaginative telescope. One with inner perception of a vast endless window comprising of subtleties, scents and colours, that make up the universe. Projecting vibrant intuitive visions of the worlds that we may never see but somehow know are there, co existing with us along an intergalactic voyage.
This collection of oils and watercolours re lives Galileo’s inner feelings of the past and is presented in the noble pictorial techniques of that period, the dawn to the baroque.
I am sure that Galileo being a good friend and companion to artists would have been delighted to of viewed this collection , visions that for him inevitably remained upon his palette. I am also convinced that “Astral Heavens” will appeal to all those with interest and understanding, who also participate in the very same search. Maybe even seeing within the collection many scenes that Galileo himself would of proudly painted.