E Pur Si Muove
Acrylics on canvas – 150×120 cm
“E pur si muove” is the phrase attributed to Galileo by Giuseppe Baretti , who had reconstructed the story of the trial of the Holy Inquisition against Galileo Galilei for the English public, in an anthology published in London in 1757
Galileo Galilei (Pisa, February 15, 1564 – Arcetri, January 8, 1642) was an Italian physicist, astronomer, philosopher, mathematician and academic, considered the father of modern science. Key figure of the scientific revolution, for having explicitly introduced the scientific method (also called “Galilean method” or “experimental method”), his name is associated with important contributions in physics and astronomy. The role played in the astronomical revolution was also of primary importance, with support for the heliocentric system and the Copernican theory. […]
Suspected of heresy and accused of wanting to subvert Aristotelian natural philosophy and the Holy Scriptures, Galilei was tried and condemned by the Holy Office, as well as forced, the June 22, 1633, abjuration of his astronomical concepts and confinement in his own villa in Arcetri. Over the centuries the value of Galilei’s works was gradually accepted by the Church, and 359 years later, on October 31, 1992, Pope John Paul II, at the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, recognized “the errors committed” on the basis of the conclusions of the works which came to a special study commission from he established in 1981, rehabilitating Galilei. – < em> Wikipedia
Galilei is stripped of his clothes as a scientist, he wears only the hat of the heretics, humiliated by the sentence of the Holy Inquisition for heresy, he looks up towards God or towards the stars that have marked his scientific path. The Moon, one of the first celestial objects to be explored by his telescope, shows itself in all its beauty.
His left hand hangs over a regular compound polyhedron </ em>, also part of Kepler’s studies, inspired by Platonic solids. Below it the book Dialogue of the Maximum Systems which led to the trial and condemnation, with subsequent abjuration of Galilei himself, for heresy. </ em>