Works that permeate the field of natural and Earth sciences

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The Virgin of the Rocks, or cliffs, by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci made some experimental drawings where he studied rock formations, such as Ravine, which dates from around 1482. In it, the artist depicted with a certain geological precision weathered pillars of sandstone and hard clay. This and other Da Vinci drawings are considered studies for works in the series. The Virgin of the Rocks, or cliffs, painted by him between 1483 and 1486. They can be seen in the Louvre.

Series Atmosphere, by Ian Fischer

Artist Ian Fisher dedicates an entire series to painting voluminous, majestic and imposing clouds full of color and expressiveness. They are delightful representations of the formations of accumulated water droplets that fill the skies with a brilliant white, a perfect dish for meteorology.

tornado, by Francis Alÿs

The video series created by Francis Alÿs, in which you shoot between tornadoes formed in deserts in Mexico. There were ten years, between 2000 and 2010, capturing the phenomenon. There, with the presence of sand, the phenomenon can become even more dangerous for man. According to him, the work refers to the “imminent collapse of a system of government or political order.”

Wave, by the duo Detanico Lain

Created from grains of salt, the installation Wave, by the Brazilian duo Detanico Lain, was conceived in 2010. It makes reference to the word “onda”, through a coded alphabet thought up by the duo. It is a metalinguistic relationship often used by artists. The geometry of the codes in this alphabet has different modulations for the marine wave phenomenon.

The Valley in the Sea, by Edward Moran

Edward Moran's brother, Thomas Moran, was far better known in the visual arts. But one cannot think of oceanography and art without highlighting how unrivaled Edward was as a marine painter during his lifetime. He was known for immense blue-green seas and also for his bright skies. He was inspired by deep sea explorations carried out in the 1850s.

descentby Anish Kapoor

Whirlpools, or eddies, are considered by many to be similar to black holes in space. In the seas and oceans, they are caused by moving ocean currents and are capable of swallowing up whatever is passing on the surface. In the work of Anish Kapoor, which has even been installed on the Seine River in Paris, this “swallowing” refers to disturbances caused by politics.

Still life with Globe, by Alexandra Paperno

Alexandra Paperno is a young contemporary artist who works a lot with issues involving geosciences and astronomy. Of Russian origin, she studied art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York, from 1996 to 2000. Astronomical phenomena, stars, star charts and space itself are some of the subjects she paints the most.

aurora borealis, by Frederic Edwin Church

Belonging to the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the painting by Frederic Edwin Church, made in 1865, is not only a transposition of the aurora borealis phenomenon, but also an important record of the expedition of Isaac Israel Hayes to the North Pole. Church masterfully captured the dazzling colors released by the phenomenon formed by geomagnetic storms, which take many tourists to regions of northern Europe.

AMERICAby Denise Milan

The Brazilian Denise Milan has a very long and extremely consistent trajectory in her relationship with stones. His research in the geological area has been going on for more than three decades and since then it has led to exhibitions whose scientific content is as strong as its aesthetic value. America is a permanent installation that was made Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in Brasília, in 2003.

Vesuvius, by Andy Wahrol

Volcanic eruptions were often portrayed in paintings full of distress and disorder. Since An Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield, painted in 1839, to series Vesuvius that Andy Wahrol painted in 1985. In various colors and shapes of explosions, Wahrol's paintings left the impression of having been portrayed in a very short time after the great magmatic explosion, as he himself pointed out in an interview about the series at that time.

Starry night over the Rhone, by Vincent Van Gogh

It is impossible to talk about stars, even if they are so far away, without remembering the many night skies in which Van Gogh's star-suns figured. “Starry Night over the rhône“ was made in 1888, during his stay in Arles, France. He stayed there for some time before being admitted and only there, with that sky, did he find the light and color that fascinated him so much.

Up in the air, by Laura Vinci

The installation/performance by Brazilian artist Laura Vinci was exhibited for the first time in 2017, at MuBE, and re-displayed last year at the International Literary Festival in Paraty, as part of the project that includes visual arts at the event. Up in the air it is a work that reminds me of morning mist, the mist. It is mist, it is vapor formed by the condensation of water that evaporates from the ground.

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