Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo Galilei (Feb 15, 1564 – Jan 8, 1642)

Historical Events During Galileo’s Lifetime:

In 1607, Jamestown was founded, becoming the first permanent English colony established in the Americas. Jamestown was established by the Virginia Company of London and was a settlement in the Virginia Colony, which was chartered in 1606.

Jamestown, Virginia

Starting in the early 1600’s, the Boroque Period was established in Europe, a time in which the style of architecture, music, painting, and sculpture was purposefully extravagant. The objective of the Baroque style was to elicit awe from those who viewed the art or listened to its music by using “contrast, movement, exuberant detail, deep colour, grandeur and surprise.”

An Example of Baroque Painting: Wies Church, Germany

Historical Figure:

William Shakespeare (bapt. Apr 26, 1564 – Apr 23, 1616) is highly regarded and is considered one of the best English writers and dramatists of all time. He is known for his great works Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, and many more.

Romeo and Juliet, Oil Painting by Ford Madox Brown (1870)

Reflection:

It is incredible to think about all the events throughout history that have developed societies across Earth. During Galileo’s lifetime, the first colony was founded in the Americas, the Boroque Period inspired Europe, and William Shakespeare inspired writing and drama for eternity. These events occurred on our own planet, all the while Galileo was discovering and developing major breakthroughs in astronomy. While we write, sing, develop technology, and interact with each other, the universe has its own development that created us and will dictate the fate of our future in many years to come.

References:

Wikipedia contributors. “Galileo Galilei.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 Jan. 2019. Web. 26 Jan. 2019.

Wikipedia contributors. “Jamestown, Virginia.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 Jan. 2019. Web. 26 Jan. 2019.

Wikipedia contributors. “Baroque.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 Jan. 2019. Web. 26 Jan. 2019.

Wikipedia contributors. “William Shakespeare.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 Jan. 2019. Web. 26 Jan. 2019.

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