Peter Jackson (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
7" x 9" (180mm x 240mm)Date:
1985This is the original Watercolour painting by Peter Jackson.
Galileo Galilei was born in 1564 at Pisa. Galileo began his studies in medicine at the University of Pisa, but soon dropped out, preferring to study mathematics with Ostilio Ricci. In 1592 he obtained the chair of mathematics at Padua, and began working on the inclined plane and the pendulum.
By 1598, Galileo believed in the truth of the Copernican theory, as he wrote to Kepler. Around 1604, he began working on astronomy in order to lecture on the new star that had appeared that year. In 1609, Galileo heard of the telescope while in Venice, and on his return, constructed one for himself.
In 1610, Galileo published his telescopic discoveries in The Starry Messenger, and dedicated the four satellites of Jupiter that he had discovered to Cosimo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, naming them 'the Medicean stars'. Original painting by Peter Jackson published in the 3-2-1 annual 1985.