Astronomy

Made:
1954 in England
artist:
Alfred Reginald Thomson

Painting. [Astronomy] by Alfred Thomson, R.A., 1954. - Oil on canvas, 15 x 24ft [sight]. - Signed and dated on centre lower edge. - Commissioned by the Science Museum for its main entrance stairwell; top left corner is cut to follow shape of staircase. - Mural depicting the development of the telescope; Galileo is the central figure, with a group symbolising the disapproval of authority to the advancement of science. The 200-foot telescope of Mount Palomar is shown. Commission represents the conflict between pre-scientific and scientific attitudes to cosmology.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1954-192
Measurements:
overall [sight]: 4572 mm x 7315 mm
type:
oil painting
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
credit:
Mr. A.R. Thomson.
status:
Permanent collection

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