April 4, 2009 - September 7, 2009
Galileo, the Medici & the Age of Astronomy
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Galileo’s contributions to the progressive development of the telescope, as well as his revolutionary work to create modern scientific methods, make him one of the greatest luminaries in science history. The Franklin is proud to have been selected as the world exclusive host for Galileo, the Medici & the Age of Astronomy, a unique exhibition at the Franklin during 2009.
Created through the Franklin’s exclusive partnership with the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence, the exhibit showcases Galileo’s accomplishments, his relationship to the ruling Medici family, his discoveries, and his overall impact on astronomy, physics, and math. This will be the first time one of the two remaining Galileo telescopes has left Italy. Also exhibited will be other instruments belonging to Galileo, as well as paintings, prints, and manuscripts from the priceless Medici Collection. Together, the collections will showcase how the union of science, art, and political power gave rise to Galileo’s success.