To further illustrate the ways in which Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, et. al. threw Europe’s strict, medieval view of the universe off-kilter, here’s an illustration of poet Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century ideas:
Of course, a sun-centered solar system, elliptical orbits, and any claim that Earth is only another one of those mysterious planets certainly turns Dante’s view of the afterlife on its head!
Both blocks had different writing assignments for the Dolnick reading; they are attached here.
Remember: Quiz on Renaissance art & terms on Friday!