Galileo Galilei - Carlos Vela-Prado

Galileo Galilei

After hearing of Hans Lipperchey’s invention of the telescope Galileo set out to create his own. This work takes the mechanical elements used to make his telescope but also combines them with historical methods in which artist used lenses and mirrors in early painting. Instead of having just a convex and concave lenses these were created with black glass to create Claude mirrors. These mirrors were used by landscape painters to reduce, reflect, abstract, and simplify color. The works are symbiotic with the space and as a consequence they ask the viewer for a sense of movement and viewing through them.