Have you ever seen a bright comet? The Great Comet of 1843

Have you ever seen a bright comet? The Great Comet of 1843

7/12/2021, 3:29:47 PM
Have you ever seen a bright comet? The Great Comet of 1843 was painted by Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819–1900), a British-Italian painter and astronomer. Many paintings of the night sky have been made over the centuries, but few if any are as realistic as this one. The reason for this is that Smyth was a prominent astronomer, who also happened to enjoy painting. Between March 3-6, 1843, Smyth observed The Great Comet from the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. He painted this view from the Royal Observatory, and at the bottom, we can identify the Table Mountain. But as an astronomer, this was just to create the setting, and his focus was on the night sky. He painted the two tails of the comet, which is known as The Great Comet, as it was the brightest comet in seven centuries. We can also see many stars in the night sky, and the beginning sunset at the bottom. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #Smyth #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #ItalianArt #ItalianArtist #ItalianPainter #Astronomy #Astronomer #Comet #GreatComet

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