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Did Galileo truly say, 'And Yet It Moves'? A Modern Detective Story (2020)


This paper describes the results of an extensive research, aimed at verifying the origin of Galileo's most famous motto, "E Pur si Muove." Since 1911, it has been believed that the motto's earliest appearance was in a painting attributed to the Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and believed to have been painted in 1643 or 1645. This research suggests that painting to be only a copy of a painting made in 1837 by the Flemish painter Romaan-Eugeen Van Maldeghem. This means that the earliest appearance of the motto was in 1757, making it much more likely to be apocryphal. This does not take anything away from the powerful intellectual defiance expressed by Galileỏs legendary motto, which undoubtedly represented his thoughts at the time.

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Authors & Contributors
Camerota, Michele
Tucci, Ugo
Zorzi, Marino
Puppi, Lionello
Sosio, Libero
Giusti, Enrico
Der Globusfreund: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Globen- und Instrumentenkunde
Science and Education
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Renaissance Studies
Eighteenth-Century Studies
Società e Storia
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Princeton University Press
Royal Collection
Antique Collectors' Club
National Gallery of Art
Science and art
Painters and painting
Science and religion
Visual representation; visual communication
Natural history
Scientific illustration
Galilei, Galileo
Favaro, Antonio
Sarpi, Paolo
Leonardo da Vinci
Marshal, Alexander
Merian, Maria Sibylla
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
15th century
20th century
Great Britain
United States
Museo del Prado

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