Goldschmidt's Miscellany

Lutetia - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Lutetia, discovered November 15, 1852. Asteroid no. 21
Pomona - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Pomona, discovered October 26, 1854. Asteroid no. 32
Atalanta - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Atalanta, discovered October 5, 1855. Asteroid no. 36
Harmonia - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Harmonia, discovered March 31, 1856. Asteroid no. 40
Daphne - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Daphne, discovered May 22, 1856. Asteroid no. 41
Nysa - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Nysa, discovered May 27, 1857. Asteroid no. 44
Eugenia - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Eugenia, discovered June 27, 1857. Asteroid no. 45
Doris - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Doris, discovered September 19, 1857. Asteroid no. 48
Pales - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Pales, discovered September 19 1857. Asteroid no. 49
Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Europa, discovered February 4 1858. Asteroid no. 52
Goldschmidt's Miscellany - Alexandra
Alexandra, discovered September 10 1858. Asteroid no. 54
Melete - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Melete, discovered September 9, 1859. Asteroid no. 56
Danae - one of Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Danae, discovered September 9, 1860. Asteroid no. 61
Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Panopaea, discovered May 5, 1861. Asteroid no. 70
Goldschmidt's Dream - Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Goldschmidt's Dream
Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Goldschmidt's Miscellany

A set of paintings inspired by the asteroid discoveries of nineteenth century painter and astronomer Hermann Goldschmidt (1802-66). Goldschmidt discovered the twenty-first minor planet, which he named Lutetia in honour of his city of residence, Paris. By the time of his death he had discovered a further thirteen asteroids.

Evidence about Goldschmidt is sparse. There are references to him in contemporary letters and journals, and his own entries to the Astronomy News and Astonomical Journal, but otherwise he is a figure in the background of life in mid nineteenth century Paris. Prosper Merimée wrote of him:

Le Ministre d'Etat promet de commander un tableau à M. Goldschmidt en votre considération et en celle de M. de Humboldt, mais il paraît entre nous qu'il s'entend mieux aux Etoiles qu'aux toiles.

Letter to Madame de Circourt, Weds 10 March 1858

The initial painting series developed into a multimedia work available as a screensaver, Fly me to the Moon, and then into an interactive kiosk installation, The Sub-orbital Harmonic Resonator

Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Rock Corner
Goldschmidt's Miscellany
Red Rock
Laurel (2865) and Hardy (2866) by Alun Ward
Laurel (2865) and Hardy (2866)
Picasso (4221), Corot (6672), Matisse (8240) by Alun Ward
Picasso (4221), Corot (6672), Matisse (8240)