Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

Poster Papers

The planets and our culture a history and a legacy

Theodore C. Clarkea1 and Scott J. Boltona2

a1 New Renaissance Productions, Altadena, CA 91001 email:

a2 Artistic Sciences, Inc., San Antonio, Texas 78257 email:


This manuscript relates the great literature, great art and the vast starry vault of heaven. It relates the myths of gods and heroes for whom the planets and the Medicean moons of Jupiter are named. The myths are illustrated by great art works of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods which reveal poignant moments in the myths. The manuscript identifies constellations spun off of these myths. In addition to the images of great art are associated images of the moons and planets brought to us by spacecraft in our new age of exploration, the New Renaissance, in which we find ourselves deeply immersed.


  • mythology;
  • paintings;
  • constellations;
  • planets;
  • moons;
  • space exploration