Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Reading List: The Art of Chesley Bonestell
- Miller, Ron and Fredrick C. Durant III. The Art of Chesley Bonestell. London: Paper Tiger, 2001. ISBN 978-1-85585-884-8.
If you're interested in astronomy and space, you're almost certainly
familiar with the space art of Chesley Bonestell, who essentially
created the genre of realistic depictions of extraterrestrial
scenes. But did you know that Bonestell also:
- Was a licensed architect in the State of California, who contributed to the design of a number of buildings erected in Northern California in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake?
- Chose the site for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (of which the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts remains today)?
- Laid out the Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula?
- Did detailed design of the ornamentation of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, and illustrated pamphlets explaining the engineering of the bridge?
- Worked for years in Hollywood doing matte paintings for films including Citizen Kane?
- Not only did the matte paintings, but designed the buildings of Howard Roark for the film version of The Fountainhead?
- Painted the Spanish missions of California as they would have appeared in their heyday?
Posted at November 25, 2008 23:38