The Evolution of Space Art

From the first imaginings of other worlds to today’s realistic planet-scapes.

Exploring Europa(Ron Miller)

Ron Miller is a longtime space artist who has written more than 50 books, including The Grand Tour and In the Stream of Stars. His latest, The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, came out last year.

Says Miller, “I had originally intended to do an updated edition of my book about renowned space artist Chesley Bonestell, but I then decided to broaden the book’s scope, which now features more than 350 depictions of planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and space colonies from dozens of artists (myself included).”

The gallery below is a sample of some of the genres represented in the book. Read an interview with Miller here.

Eclipse on the Moon

(From the collection of Ron Miller)

This scene, set on the Moon as the Earth eclipses the sun, is one of the many extraordinary pictures created by Scriven Bolton in the first decades of the 20th century. To create many of his illustrations, Bolton introduced the technique of combining painting with photos of meticulously constructed model landscapes.


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