Galileo as a Critic of the Arts: Aesthetic Attitude and Scientific Thought

@article{Panofsky1956GalileoAA,
  title={Galileo as a Critic of the Arts: Aesthetic Attitude and Scientific Thought},
  author={E. Panofsky},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1956},
  volume={47},
  pages={3 - 15}
}
G ALILEO, the son of a renowned musician and theorist of music, grew up XJin a humanistic rather than scientific environment and never lost his interest in art and literature. It is well known, for example, that he devoted "many months or even years" of patient labor to a comparison between Ariosto and Tasso, extolling the former and tearing the latter to pieces; and up to this day Tasso's biographers tend to be critical of Galileo because he failed to appreciate the greatness of Tasso, while… Expand
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