Article ID: CBB000931274

La conquista del visibile: Rimeditando Panofsky, rileggendo Galilei (2007)


After focusing on the genesis of Galileo as a Critic of the Arts, an essay written by Erwin Panofsky during his stay at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the paper considers the problem of the relationship between Galileo and the visual arts, both regarding his aesthetic attitudes and his personal relations with contemporary artists. Some passages from Galileo's works make it possible to highlight his firm convictions about drawing as a fundamental instrument in support of his own astronomical discoveries. While the concrete experiments performed by Galileo himself and by his friend and painter Cigoli, enthusiastically supported by Federico Cesi, Prince of the Lyncean Academy, reach their peak in the elaboration of the tables accompanying the Istoria e dimostrazioni matematiche intorno alle macchie solari, the difficulty in depicting celestial phenomena will later deter him from pursuing them, though his interest in the role played by pictures in support of scientific research will never fail.


Description Focues on Galileo's ideas about the role of drawing and representation in scientific research.

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Authors & Contributors
Remmert, Volker R.
Hsia, Florence C.
Turner, Henry S.
Geiger, Gail L.
Hutchinson, Jane C.
Bucciantini, Massimo
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Harrassowitz in Kommission
Royal Collection
University of Minnesota Press
Saint Josephs University Press
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Visual representation; visual communication
Scientific illustration
Science and art
Natural history
Science and culture
Galilei, Galileo
Kepler, Johannes
Hooke, Robert
Cesi, Federico
Leonardo da Vinci
Marshal, Alexander
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
15th century
20th century
19th century
Great Britain
London (England)
United States
Accademia del Cimento, Florence
Università di Pisa
Royal Society of London

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