Museum Of The History Of Science/oxford University Images
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A Philosopher giving that Lecture on the Orrery, in which a Lamp is Put in the Place of the Sun', After Joseph Wright of Derby. Late 18th Century. Wright's painting, here reproduced as a mezzotint, encapsulated the Enlightenment sense of wonder at science. It was part of a series of candlelit paintings, but replaced the traditional religious and classical scene with one of scientific empiricism.
July 24th, 2016
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