Galileo Before the Inquisitorial Council, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 68
This picture was painted at Berlin several years ago, was brought to the Crystal Palace in New York city, was there exhibited for nearly two years, was at length purchased by its present owner, and was brought to Troy, where it has since remained. The story of the Painting is well known. Galileo had maintained the proposition that "the sun is the centre of the world, and immovable from its place, and that the earth is not the centre of the world, nor immovable, but that it moves, and also with a diurnal motion." The occasion upon which the Painter has seized as the historical groundwork of this production is probably the following. On the evening of the 20th of June, rather more than four months after Galileo's arrival in Rome, he was again summoned to the Holy Office, whither he went the following morning. He was detained there during the whole of that day, and was engaged in defending his propositions. The principle which he is represented as endeavoring to combat, is that concerning the immovability of the earth, supposed to be inferred from the passage in Joshua, at which one of the principal figures in the picture is pointing. . . . [P. 7.]
Art Exhibition at the rooms of the Young Men's Association, in the Athenaeum, Troy. 1858. Troy, N.Y.: C.I. Mac Arthur's Steam Presses, 211 River Street. 1858.