Title: The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI
Volume: 441 Year: 2011 View this Volume on ADS
Editors: Enrico Maria Corsini
These are the proceedings of the international conference “The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI” celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope. The conference was organized by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, the Astronomy Department of the University of Padua, the INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Padua, and the Vatican Observatory. The conference explored humanity’s fascination with the sky, which has been a strong and often dominant element in human life and culture. The conference provided a meeting place for scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss their studies on the cultural impact of astronomical phenomena and for artists to present their astronomically-inspired artworks. The first day was devoted to Galilean contributions, then on subsequent days the conference focused on the relationships between astronomy and art, architecture, literature, religion, history, music, and movies. The sections of the book reflect the conference sessions. Since 2009 was declared by the United Nations as the “International Year of Astronomy” to celebrate Galileo's accomplishments, it seemed the appropriate time to hold a conference where the results of the most recent studies investigating
the role of astronomy in the multiple manifestations of human spirit could be aired. The previous conferences devoted to the inspiration of astronomical phenomena took place in 1994 in a retreat at Rocca di Papa in Italy,
near the Vatican Observatory; in 1999 at the International Office of the University of Malta; in 2001 at the Palermo Observatory in Italy; in 2003 at the University of Oxford; and in 2005 at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago. This book is of interest for scholars, students, and artists fascinated by the interplay between astronomy and culture.
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Paper Title Page Authors
Front Matter   
Volume Cover
Front Matter 1
Conference Photos 2
Session I. Galileo and His Age   
Galileo and Bellarmine 3 Coyne, S.J., G. V.
A Telescope Inventor's Spyglass Possibly Reproduced in a Brueghel's Painting 13 Molaro, P.; Selvelli, P.
Elsheimer, Galileo, and The Flight into Egypt 23 Howard, D.; Longair, M. S.
The Enigmatic Face of the Moon 31 Galles, C. D.; Gallagher, C. J.
The Telescope: Outline of a Poetic History 37 Stocchi, M. P.
Galileo Reader and Annotator 43 Besomi, O.
Music in Galileo's Time 55 Petrobelli, P.
Galileo and Music: A Family Affair 57 Fabris, D.
Galileo as a Patient 73 Thiene, G.; Basso, C.
Galileo Through a Lens: Views of His Life and Work on Stage and Screen 85 Perkowitz, S.
The Long View: Light, Vision, and Visual Culture After Galileo 89 Wells, G. N.
A Never Ending Story: The Pontifical Commission on the Galileo Case: A Critical Review\footnotemark 99 Sánchez de Toca, M.
Session II. Astronomy and Art   
Padua and the Stars: Medieval Painting and Illuminated Manuscripts 111 Canova, G. M.
The Palazzo della Ragione in Padua: Representation and Communication of Art, Architecture, and Astrology of a Civic Monument 131 Borgherini, M.; Garbin, E.
Transient Astronomical Events as Inspiration Sources of Medieval and Renaissance Art 139 Incerti, M.; Bònoli, F.; Polcaro, V. F.
The Church of San Miniato al Monte, Florence: Astronomical and Astrological Connections 151 Shrimplin, V.
Piero della Francesca's Sky in The Dream of Constantine 161 Valerio, V.
Giorgio Vasari and the Image of the Hour 169 Gahtan, M. W.
Scripture in the Sky: Jeremias Drexel, Julius Schiller, and the Christianizing of the Constellations 181 Mendillo, M.; Shapiro, A.
Celestial Phenomena and Royal Glory: The Painted Ceiling in Ehrenstrahlsalongen by David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl at Drottningholm Palace in Sweden 197 Söderlund, I. E.
Blinded by the Light: Solar Eclipses in Art–Science, Symbolism, and Spectacle 205 Olson, R. J. M.; Pasachoff, J. M.
Man, Controller of the Universe 217 Olowin, R. P.
Cosmic Thing: Astrology, Space Science, and Personal Cartography in Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography 221 Carey, C. L.
Modern Earthworks and Their Cosmic Embrace 225 Hatch, J. G.
Silence 235 Cogswell, J.
From Earth to Sky: (Observations of) a Transformation 245 Feinberg, E. A.
The Cosmic Labyrinth 253 Atkinson, M.
The Astronomical Paintings of Fred Bendheim 259 Bendheim, F.
Two Dimensions 261 Nadler, G.
Art and Astronomy 263 Crighton-Lyon, L.
Session III. Astronomy and Music   
Big Bang Circus 269 Ambrosini, C.
uniVERSE: A Thought Symphony 279 Schwartz, G.
Session IV. Astronomy and Literature   
Poetry of the Stars 289 Boitani, P.
The Hands of the Pleiades: The Celestial Clock in the Classical Arabic Poetry of Dhū al-Rumma 311 Adams, W. B.
The Alphabet and the Sky 317 Lebeuf, A.
Astronomy as an Episodic but Critical Element in Literature 327 Sinclair, R. M.
From the Satellites of Jupiter to Lost Time: Galileo, Proust, and the Demise of the Paris Meridian 333 Garwood, D.
Sacred Sky and Cyberspace 343 Clynes, F.
Session V. Astronomy and Religion   
The Discovery of the Regular Movements of Celestial Bodies and the Development of Monotheism in the Ancient Near East 353 Lanfranchi, G. B.
Massartu: The Observation of Astronomical Phenomena in Assyria (7th Century BC) 361 Fales, F. M.
Tot Graeci Tot Sententiae: Astronomical Perspective Multiplicity in Ancient Greece 371 Longo, O.
Cicero's Cosmos: Somnium Scipionis (“The Dream of Scipio”) 375 Miller, N.
The Milky Way: Path to the Empyrean? 387 Harris, L.
Israel's Quadrant: Weeping, Laughing, and the Measures of the Stars 393 Locci, A. A.
Astronomical Phenomena that Influenced the Compilation of Anno Domini 399 Rothwangl, S.
Session VI. Astronomy and Inspiration   
Substances of the Ancient Cosmology 409 Simonia, I.; Simonia, T.
Enchantment and the Awe of the Heavens 415 Campion, N.
Seeing is Believing–Astronomy and Contemporary Art Forms 423 Mooney, J. D.
Galileo: A Reverie 435 Impey, C.
From Failure to Symbol of Astronomical Discovery: The Inspiring Story of the Hubble Space Telescope 443 Nota, A.
Finding Inspiration in the Face of Endangered Starry Skies 451 Moore, C. A.; Richman, A. M.; Chamberlain, V. D.
Going Public 461 Krupp, E. C.
The Haus der Astronomie in Heidelberg–A New Center for Education and Outreach 471 Staude, J.
Communicating Astronomy to School Children Through Art 479 Ortiz-Gil, A.; Collado, M. G.
Annotations of a Public Astronomer 483 Adamo, A.
Session VII. Astronomy and History   
Astronomical Significance of Ancient Monuments 487 Simonia, I.
Three Worlds of the Megalithic Observatory Kokino 495 Cenev, G.
Lunar Observations and Their Usefulness for Chronology 503 Gautschy, R.
Sirius Rising 139 AD: Hadrian, Tivoli, and the Tazza Farnese 509 Aakhus, P. L.
Saving the Phenomena in Medieval Astronomy 519 Seeskin, K.
Suns of Gold and Other Precious Items: Heavenly Phenomena Presented in 15th Century Manuscripts of the Heidelberg University Library 525 Bien, R.; Zimmermann, K.
Stars, Manuscripts, and Astrolabes–The Stellar Constellations in a Group of Medieval Manuscripts between Latin Literature and a New Science of the Stars 533 Metzger, W.
Doctor and Hobby Astronomer in Stormy Times: The Book Legacy of Dr. Johannes Häringshauser (1603-1642) 543 Davison, G.
Athanasius Kircher: The 17th Century Science at the Crossroads 547 Buonanno, R.
Author Index 557
Back Matter   
Back Matter 560