Study of Clouds

John_Constable_-_Cloud_Study“The 18th century, the Age of Enlightenment, represented a period of exceptional creativity in Europe in the fields of literature, art and science.
This cultural movement touched on all areas of knowledge and tried to solve all the great fundamental questions which followed from Leibnitz’s postulation:
“Why is there something rather than nothing?”

Astronomers thus searched to understand why the universe was organised, not chaotic, and musicians tried to explain why there was music, not noise.

The temptation to merge these two questions into one was too great and that is why such great names as Galileo, Kepler, Mersenne and finally Herschel at the end of the 18th century, continued the research of their distant precursors, Pythagoras, Plato, Boetius, Thales and Cassiodorus who, since earliest times, had already tried to unite their celestial and musical preoccupations.

William Herschel left his mark on his lifetime both as musician as well as astronomer and if history has only retained the latter aspect, this is due to the impact of his scientific work.”

Dominique Proust, translated by Gus Orchard             
Dominique Proust has both scientific and musical background. He is research enginner at the CNRS and works at the Observatory at Meudon where his work is orientated towards cosmology after his doctoral thesis. He has visited most of the international observatories and made observations using the world’s largest telescopes.     He studied organ with the organists of Notre Dame de Paris and Saint Sulpice. He is organist at Meudon and has given concerts in Europe, Canada, the USA, Brazil and Chile. He is a member of the Regional Commissions for organs and has co-produced and participated in scientific and music programmes on French Radio and television

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  1. But who painted this lovely & unexpected image?

    • Study by John Constable. I always liked the clouds without the cherubim.

  2. can anyone else see Superman?without his cape of course!lovely clouds

    • Ah! I should post some clouds periodically and encourage everyone to look—there are so few untroubled fields left from which to watch, lying safely on the ground.

      • yes, do, I would love to see a regular cloud post, paintings things and photos, too wet and windy to lie in a field here anyway in Donegal in January!


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