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Antologia della Divina Proportione (Title not available)

by Luca Pacioli, Piero della Francesca e Leonardo da Vinci
D. Contin, P. Odifreddi, A. Pieretti

Antologia Divina Proporzione 250The theme of the Anthology is divine proportion, a fascinating subject that engaged the most brilliant intellects of the Renaissance and which even today remains of extraordinary interest.

The most outstanding expression of how humans perceive beauty, divine proportion is given by the perfect relationship of forms, spatial arrangements and harmony of colours and musical cadences.

Divine proportion is in essence geometric and mathematic, and its properties are reflected in the parts of the human body, and such creative works as the layout of the megaliths of Stonehenge, the plan of the Parthenon, the cathedral of Notre Dame, the symphonies of Beethoven, Spring by Botticelli and the Mona Lisa by Leonardo.

The Anthology explains and illustrates how the theme of divine proportion so fascinated the exceptional minds of the Renaissance: those of Piero della Francesca, who in his Libellus expounded the fundaments of the theories that would later be developed by Luca Pacioli in De divina proportione and then graphically interpreted by Leonardo da Vinci in his drawings of polyhedrons.

The Anthology gives a modern understanding of the figure of Luca Pacioli, while a context and overview of his scientific interests have been provided by the mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, the bibliologist Duilio Contin and the philosopher Antonio Pieretti.

Duilio Contin, bibliologist, director of the Bibliotheca Antiqua of Aboca Museum.
Piergiorgio Odifreddi, mathematician, writer and populariser of scientific subjects.
Antonio Pieretti, philosopher, expert in language and communications.

The Anthology is a collection of the main critical commentaries on Luca Pacioli's De divina proportione, from the Renaissance to the present day.

The book presents the reproductions of the 60 original polyhedra drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, held by the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan and the Library at the University of Geneva.

It includes the reprinting of the Libellus de quinque corporibus regularibus by Piero della Francesca and the series of Capital Letters drawn by Luca Pacioli.



Year of publication 2012
Dimensions 21x29 cm
Fabric cover inserted with illuminated hot gold stampings; gauze covered binding.
ISBN 978-88-95642-83-3
Pp 358, 305 illustrations

Finalist in THE NATIONAL FIRST PRIZE for popular science 2013 (Italian Association of the book).

Available in the:
Edition for professional use
The collectors facsimile edition


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  • Secondo il prof. Gianfranco Cavazzoni

    10 November 2012 | Min. 13:28

  • Secondo il prof. Paolo Belardi

    10 November 2012 | Min. 14:29

  • Secondo il prof. Antonio Pieretti

    10 November 2012 | Min. 12:38

  • Presentazione presso Palazzo dei Priori (PG)

    10 November 2012 | Min. 7:15

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