the virgin and the telescope: the moons of cigoli and galileo

@article{Helden2001theVA,
  title={the virgin and the telescope: the moons of cigoli and galileo},
  author={Van Helden},
  journal={Science in Context},
  year={2001},
  volume={14},
  pages={193 - 216}
}
in 1612, lodovico cigoli completed a fresco in the pauline chapel of the basilica of santa maria maggiore in rome depicting apocalypse 12: “a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet.” he showed the crescent moon with spots, as his friend galileo had observed with the newly invented telescope. considerations of the orthodox view of the perfect moon as held by philosophers have led historians to ask why this clearly imperfect moon in a religious painting raised no eyebrows. we… Expand