Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Manna from Heaven. That best describes the extraordinary collection of paintings from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy which is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (MoAFL). One of the dozens of paintings in the exhibit actually depicts manna from heaven: The Miracle of the Manna by Fabrizio Boschi, done about 1595.
Most of the artwork, including two huge tapestries, were done in the 16th and 17 centuries, but one of the greatest offerings in the exhibit is a Madonna and Child by the great master Sandro Botticelli in 1466. The paintings are arranged in a chronological order- not by date of painting, but by its place in the Biblical texts. First comes the Creation of Adam, shown here courtesy of the MoAFL (copyright Uffizi Gallery).