Peter Jellitsch (Bilingual edition): Artifacts of the Future
Peter Jellitsch and Alexandra-Maria Toth
Showcasing Johann Doppelmayr’s magnificent 1742 map of the cosmos, Atlas Coelestis, this spectacular guide to the heavens is also a superb introduction to the fundamentals and history of astronomy.
Charting constellations, planets, comets and moons, Doppelmayr’s Atlas presents the ideas and discoveries of many famous and influential astronomers, including Copernicus, Riccioli, Kepler, Newton and Halley, in intricate colour plates that interweave annotated diagrams and tables with figurative drawings and ornamental features. Here, you can appreciate the beauty of those exquisite astronomical and cosmographical plates and comprehend the details, which are also presented in step-by-step deconstructed form. Astronomer Giles Sparrow elucidates the scientific ideas inherent in each plate, expertly decoding and analysing the complex information contained in them and placing Doppelmayr’s sumptuous Atlas in the context of the ground-breaking discoveries made during the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods.
A spectacular, revelatory celestial compendium to the cosmos, Phaenomena expands on and explains Doppelmayr’s original, awe-inspiring Atlas and reflects upon its influence on the development of the science of astronomy to the present day.
PETER JELLITSCH (*1982 in Villach, Austria) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna after completing a carpentry apprenticeship. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the USA and are in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, the Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten and the Kupferstichkabinett of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Peter Jellitsch has been a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna since 2011.