Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Cresti, Domenico

  • Giancarlo TruffaEmail author
Reference work entry

Alternate Name

 Passignano, Il

BornPassignano, hamlet of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Florence, Italy), January 1559

DiedFlorence (Italy), 17 May 1638

Famous painter of the Florentine school and correspondent of Galileo Galilei, Domenico Cresti was one of the first observers of sunspots with the telescope.

After the education in the workshops of Florence, Rome, and Venice, he opened his own workshop in Florence, becoming one of the leading figures of the arts in Florence. Around 1602 he was called in Rome for several commitments and he lived there until 1616 when he returned in Florence. Here he remained until his death but with frequent journeys to Rome and in others Italian cities for commitments.

We do not know when and where Passignano had his first contacts with Galileo, but some correspondence between them and with the through of Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli, another Florentine painter active in Rome, is survived. From these letters we know Passignano had begun to observe regularly...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MilanItaly