Exhibit January 22. 2017
This was an actual award – my first in the art world – a small group award, inside the Congress Palace, Galileo Galilei Room, in Pisa, Italy. Italy is awash with famous names and places.
Galileo was very interested in art since boyhood. He is known as the father of many sciences: observational astronomy, modern physics, the “scientific method,” even science. But like others in his age, that didn’t cover his gifts. As Wikipedia puts it in his biography,
Galileo also studied disegno, a term encompassing fine art, and in 1588 obtained the position of instructor in the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence, teaching perspective and chiaroscuro. Being inspired by the artistic tradition of the city and the works of the Renaissance artists, Galileo acquired an aesthetic mentality. While a young teacher at the Accademia, he began a lifelong friendship with the Florentine painter Cigoli, who included Galileo’s lunar observations in one of his paintings.
But then he accepted the position of the chair of mathematics in Pisa.
With all that inspiration as a background, it’s wonderful to have been invited into a small art group in this city. And to have been included, because of this, in the magazine below in January/February 2017. May there be more of this kind of opportunity in 2017 and may I actually attend such an event in person. OK. Let’s set that wish in motion.