Constellations

1991

Oil on canvas
97 cm x 130
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Constellations

In Uranometria, published in 1603, the brighter stars in the night sky were assigned Greek letters by the German astronomer Johannes Bayer, more or less in order of the intensity of their light, rendering the brightest star in a constellation "Alpha," the second Beta," and so on. The same letters are stilled used for the same stars today. Based on a contemporary star chart, in the painting 'Constellations' the Greek letters take the place of the stars.