The Moon has been looming overtop of humans since before recorded history. The silent counterpart to the mighty sun, the moon is ever present in our eyes, our minds, and in our imagination. The way the moon has been weaved into different mythologies, religions, traditions, and cultures from all around the world is astounding but also not surprising, as the moon is something we all experience. This introspective look at artworks featuring the Moon strives to make comparisons between works that span centuries and many different style and mediums, all of whom share the same goal of depicting something we see every night, the Moon. 

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Moon over Lausanne

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Moon over Lausanne

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

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Medium & Support
watercolor and graphite on paper

9 1/8 in. x 13 1/16 in. ( 23.1 cm x 33.2 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Helmut Stern

Subject matter
An atmospheric landscape with figures in the foreground and a full moon over the city of Lausanne in the distance.

Physical Description
Three figures stand in the bottom left corner. The image is mostly tan and light blue except very dark in the center. The blue horizon line is in the top third of the image stretching from a cityscape on the left side to a sweeping hill on the right side. There is a small moon in the middle at the very top of the image.

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landscapes (representations)
valleys (landforms)
watercolors (paintings)

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Celestial bodies
(Part of: Natural World)

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