Astronomy in Art

This page contains links to works of art and music featured in my causerie on astronomy in art. The very 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 also includes astronomical images and scientific background;  however, these are not part of this post. For comments, suggestions or questions, please fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page.

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 Marc’s (Christmas 2012) evoked fond memories of operatic performances the three of us shared at a time of our lives long past. Richard Standifer‘s artistic suggestions and ideas about the art of presenting in public were invaluable. I am grateful to all.

  1. Supernova of 1054 A.D. depicted by the Anasazi in Chaco Valley
  2. Halley’s Comet
  3. The Moon in Renaissance art
  4. El Anatsui – Earth-Moon Connexions
  5. African Cosmos – Stellar Arts : Without the moon there would be no life
  6. Dvorak – Rusalka – Song to the Moon
  7. Pieter Breughel and Abraham Ortelius
  8. The Milky Way
  9. Vincent van Gogh
  10. Edvard Munch – Starry Night
  11. Celestial themes in Camenbert cheese labels
  12. Alexander Calder – Universes and Constellations
  13. Fredrick Kaufman – The Mobile String Quartet (1985)
  14. Joan Miró – Constellations
  15. Nancy Holt – Sun Tunnels
  16. James Turrell – Roden Crater project
  17. Daniel Libeskind – WTC design proposal
  18. Wendy Wischer
  19. Florence Kaufman – Chromosphere
  20. Russell Crotty – Astronomical Works
  21. Sarah Charlesworth – Arc of Total Eclipse
  22. Handel – Samson – Total Eclipse aria
  23. Cosmology and the Big Bang
  24. John Cage – Atlas Eclipticalis