Cosmology as Poetry ~ Galileo, de Latour, Gesualdo, Monteverdi

Posted: December 2, 2019 in Uncategorized



“GALILEO: I won’t compromise my esthetic.” –Bertold Brecht


“Nigra sum sed formosa.” (dazzled by darkness)

Mannerism

Chiaroscuro

• Optical Distortions and Magnifications
• Saturated Color
• Extremes of Contouring, Modeling and Texture
• Intense Directional Light Source
• Hyperbolic Ascents and Abysses of Consciousness and Sensation
• Sudden Reversals of Value

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What do you notice when we place Galileo’s sepia washes alongside Georges de Latour‘s paintings of St. Joseph and the boy Jesus or the angel Gabriel? Can you see the resemblance between the aspects of the Moon and the heads of the painted figures? In both Galileo’s cosmos and Latour’s visual world, a single internal light source creates deep shadows and dazzling highlights, and reveals a variety of curious surface irregularities.

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