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Painting Galileo’s skies

The telescope and Galileo's astronomical discoveries also had a major impact on the art world. Painters such as Ludovico Cigoli, a friend and admirer of the great Tuscan scientist, transferred onto canvas the new discoveries that the telescope had revealed on the Moon's surface only months after Galileo had made them. Artists of standing such as Rubens depicted other aspects of the astronomical discoveries that Galileo had revealed to the world. The distinguished Flemish painter depicted Saturn as a planet consisting of three bodies, exactly as Galileo had described it. In the latter part of the 16th and early 17th centuries, numerous artists painted pictures of astronomical subjects in which the heavenly bodies were depicted the way Galileo and his successors had seen them through the telescope.