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Geometry & Art: How Mathematics Transformed Art During the Renaissance

Geometry & Art: How Mathematics Transformed Art During the Renaissance

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Publication Date: March 7th, 2018
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A definitive look at how geometry changed the world of art forever.

Geometry & Art follows the artists of the Renaissance, whose search for perspective and visual depth led them to the study of geometry. Influencing the work of artists such as Paulo Uccello, Piero della Francesco, and Leonardo Da Vinci, this breakthrough quickly spread to Germany, where a passion for polyhedral-based geometrical designs flourished as a distinct new art in the mid-16th century.

A period of enormous political and cultural change, the Renaissance empowered artists to draw upon a blossoming revival of classical art, philosophy, and culture. At the same time, a wealth of new ideas and concepts were flowing into Europe from the Islamic Middle East. And it was this flood of revolutionary new thought that would lead to the syntheses of mathematics, geometry, and art that characterizes the painting, sculpture and visual language of the Renaissance.

This authoritative volume uses engaging text, compelling historical accounts, and 250 beautiful illustrations to immerse readers in the fundamental Renaissance forms which, although conceived over five-hundred years ago, still have the capacity to awe and inspire us with their beauty.

About the Author

David Wade is a sculptor, photographer, and author who has written extensively on the intersection of geometry, art, and design.