is one of the most famous icons of the night sky ever created.
The scene was painted by
Vincent van Gogh
in southern France in 1889.
The swirling style of
Starry Night appears, to many, to make the night sky
van Gogh frequently portrayed
real settings in his paintings, art historians do not agree on
precisely what stars and planets are being depicted in
The style of
is post-impressionism, a popular painting style at the end of the nineteenth century.
The original Starry Night painting hangs in the
Museum of Modern Art in
New York City,
Vincent van Gogh;
Digital image courtesy of Wikipedia