The most striking thing about Saturn is its four thin rings, composed mostly of small independent particles that lie in the plane of the planet's equator and extend from 46,000 to 85,000 miles from its center. Saturn also has 10 satellites large enough to be observed. One of the satellites, Titan, is nearly the size of the planet Mercury and the only satellite in the solar system known to have any appreciable atmosphere, which consists primarily of methane. The most distant of the visible planets, Saturn was named for the Roman god of agriculture. The planet's sluggish movements probably reminded ancient skywatchers of the slow gait of plowing oxen or grazing cattle. This intriguing painting shows Saturn resting quietly with a wheat cutter in hand, as well as the astrological sign symbolizing patience and self-discipline.
Born on Christmas Day in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, Dean Ellis attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1941. World War II interrupted his education; for the next four years, he served as an infantryman in the Pacific. At the end of the war, Ellis returned to his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, then completed his education at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1950, Life Magazine selected him as one of 19 promising painters. Ellis designed several stamps for the United States and foreign governments. His U.S. Postage stamps include the 6¢ Arkansas River Navigation, 6¢ Natural History, 6¢ America's Hospitals postcard, 10¢ Jefferson Memorial and 20¢ Flag Over Supreme Court. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, New York (1949, 1951, 1954), the Metropolitan (1949, 1951), the National Academy (1957, 1959, 1960) and at most major museums throughout the United States. In addition, he is represented in dozens of private collections across the country.
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