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  • David Palladini
    born 1946
    born: Roteglia, Italy ; active: United States
  • untitled, circa 1976
  • "Showdown at Great Hole," published in Esquire magazine, June 1976
  • Where object was made: United States
  • charcoal on paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 40.9 x 35.4 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 16 1/8 x 13 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Gift of Esquire, Inc.
  • Not on display
  • 1980.0468

Drawing of an elderly man, probably an astronomer, seated by a telescope. He appears to be in a domed area. There is an opening in the dome on the left side, which reveals a dark sky with stars. The man is the character Shazar Lazarus Ratner from Don DeLillo's 1976 novel "Ratner's Star," which is excerpted in the short story "Showdown at Great Hole."