Fire in the Sky: Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in British Art and Science

By: Olson, Roberta J. M.; Pasachoff, Jay M.

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Fire in the Sky collects many representations of comets and meteors in Britain during the eighteen and nineteenth century when a large number of works inspired by these celestial objects were produced. Over 100 photographs--and two sections of luscious color plates--beautifully portray the inspired output of some of the world's most talented artists, fully capturing the phenomenon that obsessed not only a nation but an era as well. Olson and Pasachoff reveal the many different ways that comets and meteors have appeared in paintings and literature and link these works to the achievements of British science in the wake of Newton and Halley. They also examine the different symbolism that writers and artists have attached to these spectacular objects. Throughout, Fire in the Sky conveys how the development of new technologies, and the burgeoning interest of the general public in science and art, dovetailed with an interest in nature and a strong literary tradition of comet and meteor symbolism. Beautifully illustrated and packed with engaging stories, this book will delight anyone with an interest in the art and astronomy of comets.

Title: Fire in the Sky: Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in British Art and Science

Author Name: Olson, Roberta J. M.; Pasachoff, Jay M.

Categories: Art,

Publisher: Cambridge University Press: 1998-02-26

ISBN Number: 0521630606

ISBN Number 13: 9780521630603

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good jacket

Type: Hardcover

Size: 25 to 30 cm tall, Quarto, (4to)

Seller ID: 089780

Description: 369 pages. Illustrated in colour and in monochrome. Robust packaging. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide