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Sightlines Tour

Celestial Bodies

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 1:30pm

Art Museum Galleries

Ivy Armstrong ’17, Student Guide

With today's advanced understanding of the universe, it's easy to forget that for most of human history we had no scientific explanation for what we saw in the sky—and it was all the more awe-inspiring for that reason. The sun, moon, planets, and stars had an immediate presence in our lives; they weren't simply balls of gas or chunks of rock hurtling through space millions of miles away, but objects of mystery and power. This tour will look at art—both ancient and modern, religious and secular—that depicts the sun, moon, and heavens, and together visitors will rediscover the magic of these celestial bodies.