They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy - June 22-November 1, 2005


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The image for this poster is from: Hevelius, Johannes. 1647. Selenographia: sive, Lunæ descriptio; atque accurata. delineatio. In quâ simul cæterorum omnium planetarum nativa facies, variæque observationes. figuris accuratissimè æri incisis, sub aspectum ponuntur. Addita est, lentes expoliendi nova ratio. Gedani: Autoris sumtibus typis Hünefeldianis. Special Collections Research Center, University Of Chicago. alc f QB29.H6

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They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy. Highlights from the Library's Collections
The John Crerar Library, 5730 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
June 22nd-November 1st, 2005

For centuries humankind has gazed into the heavens with awe and wonder. For some, the night sky has tugged at their imagination and piqued their curiosity, resulting in art inspired by the beauty of the stars and the study of astronomy. This John Crerar Library exhibit highlights works of art and literature influenced by astronomy, either through scientific study, a fascination with the night sky, or as an inspiration for the literary imagination. Both contemporary and historical works are included.

Questions should be directed to Barbara Kern, University of Chicago, 773-702-8717, or by e-mail to






















Nancy Spiegel, Bibliographer for Art and Cinema
Barbara Kern, Science Reference Librarian
Laurie Haugland, Crerar Library Technical Processing

Special thanks to:
Keri Sancomb, Judith Dartt and the Special Collections Research Center
Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Science Reference Librarian
and Judy Bausch, Yerkes Observatory Library

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