Painting -Law of Orbiting Velocity (Kepler)

This piece is a further example of Crockett Johnson's exploration of Kepler’s first two laws of planetary motion. The ellipse represents the path of a planet, and the white sections represent equal areas swept out in equal times. This work, a silk screen inked on paper board, is signed: CJ66. It is #76 in the series, and it echoes painting #22 (1979.1093.16) and painting #99 (1979.1093.66).
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Object Name
date made
Kepler, Johannes
Johnson, Crockett
Physical Description
paper board (substrate material)
wood (frame material)
overall: 72 cm x 91 cm x 2.5 cm; 28 3/8 in x 35 13/16 in x in
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Crockett Johnson
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ruth Krauss in memory of Crockett Johnson
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