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Galileo Galilei
Drawings of the Moon
1609
Watercolor on paper




Museo Galileo

Excerpt from Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy:

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Drawings of the Moon, November-December 1609
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Ms. Gal. 48, f. 28r

Galileo produced this extremely famous set of six watercolours of the Moon in its various phases "from life", as he observed the Earth’s satellite through a telescope in the autumn of 1609. They represent the first realistic depiction of the Moon in history.


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Galileo Galilei, Italian, (1564–1642)
b. February 15, 1564, Pisa, Italy
d. 1642

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