Piero Della Francesca: A Mathematician's Art
Piero della Francesca, one of the greatest painters of the fifteenth century, was also an accomplished mathematician. This book--the first to study and integrate Piero's work as a mathematician and painter-explores the connections between his two activities and enhances our understanding of both his paintings and his scientific writings. J.V. Field begins by describing Piero's education, family background, and training as a painter. She then considers the strong sense of three-dimensional form shown in his art and the abstract solid geometry discussed in his writings. Field next deals with Piero's treatise on perspective and with art works that exemplify the prescriptions it provides, and she assesses the optical or pictorial "rules" Piero followed as a painter. Hailing Piero as an exemplar of a learned craft tradition, she concludes by considering the historical significance of that tradition and its links to the scientific revolution that emerged in the next century. Piero's mathematics is revealed to be as highly accomplished as his painting, and he is shown to exemplify-as does his younger contemporary Leonardo da Vinci-some of the important changes that the Renaissance made in the development of the sciences and in the arts.
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Field (honorary visiting research fellow, Birkbeck Coll., Univ. of London) here tries to make a connection between Piero Della Francesca's work as a mathematician and as an early Renaissance painter ... Read full review