Moon Shots

Nasmyth created this
photograph that appeared
in an 1874 book.
Click for a larger image.

Toronto. I get emails from the AGO frequently. They cover various aspects of art and announce new exhibits. For example, last Tuesday’s newsletter covered a number of items including a new photographic exhibit called “To the moon and back“. The exhibit covers early photographic works of the moon and reveal intriguing links between astronomy and art. As you are aware photographic processes in 1874 were far too slow to record the moon in the sky let alone close-ups through the telescope. Two decades later this changed when the astronomer, Loewy , invented a large, specialized telescope for the Paris Observatory that allowed for the production of high-quality photographs.

Read about the techniques used by James Nasmyth, photographer,  to create this image  listed as the Mercator and Campanus Plate XV from The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, 1874. Woodburytype, Image: 17.7 x 13.5 cm, Sheet: 27 x 20.4 cm, Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm.  The plate was purchased with funds donated by Stephen Brown and Brenda Woods, 2012.  The image is numbered 2011/288 and is © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Look at the image here and click on the January 29th 2018 newsletter AGO Insider: Your Art News to see how Nasmyth created the photograph. Then visit the AGO to see this and other Moon shots!

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