Wow, John–Good detective work! That post about finding the moon-Jupiter conjunction in the painting is fascinating. I also love the crescent moon (the thinner the better!) and conjunctions with planets, so I loved reading this and seeing the visual evidence. (Sorry, there is no way for someone without a Tumblr account to comment on the post, so I’m doing it here…)

Thank you for the kind comment. I know exactly what you mean about a thin crescent moon: The thinner it is the more breathtakingly beautiful I find it, and to have Jupiter hanging a moon’s-width away is a stunning thing to see.

I have to believe Friedrich was touched by that beauty, and that it provided him some solace, the same way it does for me.

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