Happy Birthday Adam Elsheimer!! Born in 1568, in Germany, Elsheimer worked in Italy, primarily creating paintings on copper plates. He traveled to Italy at age 20, where he remained for the rest of his life. He lived only 32 years, but the paintings he left behind were influential to artists like Rembrandt and Rubens. Although I have not seen his paintings, I have seen Rembrandt’s work on copper plates and the luminescent quality of the copper through the paint is quite beautiful. He was known, in part, for his night scenes. The one below is called Nighttime Flight into Egypt, and in it several constellations as well as the Milky Way can be observed.