0912: Off to Florence

8968After more that two years of conversation and planning, Cindy and I leave tomorrow for my opening at the Florence Museum of Natural History (Friday, Sept. 20). There’s really little I can say about it right now. I’m deeply honored that they would display my work and allow me to speak while there about Art & Science. I also look forward to seeing once again my good friends, Dr. Elisabetta Cioppi and Dr. Stefano Dominici.




I have just about enough time to pack. We will be away for a month and it is doubtful that I’ll be able to post while gone. I am sure I’ll have much to share upon my return. So I would like to devote this post to the show coming up. The images shown today partially comprise the Florence show. And the accompanying text was written for the show by Drs. Cioppi and Dominici.




by Art Murphy

 21 September – 13 October 2013

 To the eyes of a paleontologist a fossil may suggest many things: from an ancient environment, the evolution of living forms, deep time and so forth, right up to the research associated with the most advanced scientific technology. But for the non-expert, the same amazement and desire for information can come from photographs of fossils taken by an artist. The exhibition “Inspired Fossils”, in this manner, achieves the union of art and science. If we add that the images exhibited are related to invertebrate fossils – much less well known than the famous dinosaurs – we have all the best ingredients for an unusual and fascinating exhibition.




Art Murphy is not a scientist, but an artist, a pioneer in a new type of photography. He knows how to capture the aesthetic quality of fossils, and we, with our eyes free from preconceptions, willingly allow ourselves to be enraptured in a kind of rebirth of fossils. Unusual forms and colours, shadows and textures come alive in his shots. From a meeting of the fantastic fossils of our collections are born the images exhibited, together with others which Art has selected from his evocative American series of New York’s Hudson Valley, where his passion for fossils was born.




On this occasion, the Museum is pleased to open specially collections normally closed to the public. Apart from the Sala Strozzi on the ground floor, where the historic collection of the Marquis Carlo Strozzi is housed, on certain days it will also be possible to visit the rich holdings on the second floor of the building, those which Art has called the “Sistine Chapel of Paleontology”. These rooms, full of treasures “never seen”, will become the ideal receptacle for the exhibition, one where the history of science and art are mixed together in an unusual journey.




Through art we have rediscovered how the mind travels new paths, allowing us to be fascinated by the miracle of nature and of life on our planet.

The show is organized with the support of the Italian Society of Paleontology (SPI) and of the National Association of Scientific Museums (ANMS).

       Elisabetta Cioppi and Stefano Dominici, exhibition curators




Thanks for visiting.

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7 thoughts on “0912: Off to Florence

  1. This sounds a lovely adventure. Enjoy. A question. One of these fossil photos seems to have a pencil embedded in it. Or is it there to show scale? was curious. Others of course especially n ice, like the one where it looks like a scene embedded in ice.

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