Monumental Complex of Santa Maria Novella Firenze, Piazza Stazione 6
Organised by Museo Galileo in collaboration with EGO-European
Gravitational Observatory with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and Unicoop Firenze.
The exhibition represents one of the main initiatives organised to celebrate the 400 th anniversary of the publication of Galileo Galilei’s Saggiatore, the book that laid the foundations of the modern concept of science based on observation and experimentation. Supported and published by the Academy of Lincei—and offered as an auspicious gift to the newly elected Pope Urban VIII—Il Saggiatore stems from a dispute on the origin of comets between Galileo and the Jesuit Orazio Grassi. Galileo implacably refuted the basis of the scholastic philosophy on which the Jesuit’s thesis was founded, and counter it with his idea of the nature as grounded in rigorous mathematical principles.
YEARS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF 'IL SAGGIATORE'
Monumental Complex of Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Stazione 6, Firenze
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:30 am -5:30 pm
December 25, 2023 and January 1, 2024: 1:00 pm -5:30 pm
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Reduced price ticket € 3,00
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Libra astronomica ac philosophica
Published under the pseudonym Lotario Sarsi, Jesuit Grassi’s work on comets was implacably refuted by Galileo in his Saggiatore (The Assayer).
Written by Galileo in response to Orazio Grassi’s Libra astronomica, Il Saggiatore (The Assayer) is regarded
as the book that laid the foundations of the modern concept of science based on observation and
The “Pillars of Creation”
Clouds of gas and dust photographed by the James Webb Space Telescope.
Seki’s nested magic square
2008, Bologna, Private collection
This artwork—a life-size reproduction of which is on display—is part of a series of images created in New Mexico by positioning some white wooden panels under a giant magnifying glass. The resulting images constitute a portrait of solar light drawn by the Sun itself, which evoked the different environmental and celestial conditions in which they were produced.
The Theatre was built in 1984 on the hills overlooking the Sicilian village of Santo Stefano Quisquina (AG)
after Reina—who was then a shepherd in the high pastures—became enchanted while gazing at the 108
visible stars of the Constellation Andromeda. After various interventions, the current form of Theatre
Andromeda was completed on March 19, 2023.
The exhibition consists of six parts:
- News from the Heavens
- The comets
- Il Saggiatore: A “Discourse on Method”
- The World Systems
- Beyond the Visible: The Exploration of Deep Space
- The Heavens as a Work of Art: The Aesthetic Dimension of Astronomical Observation