Moonlight

We humans have always been fascinated by Our Moon and the light it emits across the Earth. One of the first pictures ever taken of the moon was achieved by Dr J.W.Draper of New York in 1840. I think this is an amazing image.

(Ref:J. W. Draper—London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

As stated on time.com: We've built monuments and shrines to Earth's seemingly eternal satellite. Ancient charts mapped her movements. Legends and religions rely on her changeable face to explain life and death. And despite her central role in earthly affairs, it's still astonishing to learn that someone made the first detailed photograph of the moon a mere decade and a half after a French inventor named Joseph Nicéphore Niépcethe took the very first photograph in history. (Ref:http://time.com/3805947/the-first-photograph-of-the-moon/)

Drawings of our moon go back for eons. One of the earliest known drawing of our Moon is in the painting The Crucifixion by Dutch master Jan van Eyck painted nearly 600 years ago in about 1430. You can just discern the shape of the moon on the right side of the painting.
But Dr. Philip Stoke of the University of Western Ontario, Canada discovered the world's oldest moon map inside a Neolithic passage tomb in Ireland. It is estimated to be 5,000 years old. Here is a map of the moon with the rock carvings superimposed on it.

And from 5000 years ago to yesterday when this photo of the moon was taken by K of Hong Kong from the cockpit of his Airbus A330, flying high above our world. And taken with his phone! It's incredible to think that each image we have here is the same moon.
The Hero Image is another shot of our Moon from the cockpit of K's A330.

I have to confess I've been gardening today and have run short on time so I will just share with you a few remarkable paintings of the moon and moonlight. The first is River by Moonlight by the English landscape painter Edward Williams (1781-1855). Williams was the patriarch of the Williams family of painters, also referred to as the Barnes School which we will look at down the track.
Williams uncle was James Ward, the well-known animal painter whom I think we met ages back when we were looking at equine artists.

The next painting is Moonlight on Coast by Henriette Hermine Gudin C19th artist of, I think French origins, who exhibited in Paris in the mid 1800s.
Then we have another *Moonlight Coastal Scene
by Robert Salmon which I've chosen for the highly textured clouds and tops of the waves reflecting the moonlight.

You can see painters are very drawn to capturing the effects of moonlight over water so as to enhance the effect of the reflected light. In fact it was almost impossible to find a painting of moonlight that didn't include water. But I did find Winter landscape by moonlight (1842) by Joseph Carl Berthold Püttner (1821-1881)a German-Austrian landscape and marine painter.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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