Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:54 PM
It does look like it; but, I wonder if he was even able to observe Sagittarius where he lived at the time. Unless I am mistaken, I think Sagittarius is not visible north of about 35 degrees North latitude. I have also read that this painting evokes the spirals of AFGL 3068 (carbon spiral). See Astronomy Magazine special issue: '50 Weirdest Objects in the Universe', by Bob Berman (Astronomy.com). Perhaps someone else could clarify this issue for me? Either way, great art should be capable of invoking a subjective, highly personal interpretation of what each person views. In other words, it is, and should be, subjective; there could be as many interpretations of a work of art as their are people who experience it.