Astronomy in Art


This page contains links to works of art and music featured in my causerie on astronomy in art. The first version of this presentation dates back to 2003, but since then, I have modified it several times. The compilation below, dated September 25, 2013, has music added to the mix. Besides examples of art and music inspired by astronomy, the complete presentation includes astronomical images and scientific background not contained in this post. Please fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page for comments, suggestions, or questions.

AcknowledgmentsFred Kaufman encouraged me to resurrect the presentation and add music after it had been dormant for nearly six years. Micheline Heyse suggested many of the musical pieces. A conversation over dinner and wine (both superb) at the Marc ‘t Kint home (Christmas 2012) evoked fond memories of operatic performances the three of us attended at a time of our lives long past. Richard Standifer‘s creative suggestions and ideas about the art of presenting in public were invaluable. I am grateful to all.

Supernova of 1054 A.D. depicted by the Anasazi in Chaco Valley

  1. Halley’s Comet
  2. The Moon in Renaissance art
  3. El Anatsui – Earth-Moon Connexions
  4. African Cosmos – Stellar Arts : Without the moon there would be no life
  5. Dvorak – Rusalka – Song to the Moon
  6. Pieter Breughel and Abraham Ortelius
  7. The Milky Way
  8. Vincent van Gogh
  9. Edvard Munch – Starry Night
  10. Celestial themes in Camenbert cheese labels
  11. Alexander Calder – Universes and Constellations
  12. Fredrick Kaufman – The Mobile String Quartet (1985)
  13. Joan Miró – Constellations
  14. Nancy Holt – Sun Tunnels
  15. James Turrell – Roden Crater project
  16. Daniel Libeskind – WTC design proposal
  17. Wendy Wischer
  18. Florence Kaufman – Chromosphere
  19. Russell Crotty – Astronomical Works
  20. Sarah Charlesworth – Arc of Total Eclipse
  21. Handel – Samson – Total Eclipse aria
  22. Cosmology and the Big Bang
  23. John Cage – Atlas Eclipticalis

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