Polyhedra in Art

Polyhedra in Art - course, his observations did not fit...

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Polyhedra are Nothing New Polyhedra have served as art motifs from prehistoric times right up to the present. Slide 6-7: Pyramids Tompkins, Peter. Secrets of the Great Pyramid. NY: Harper, 1971. Cover The Egyptians, of course, knew of the tetrahedron, but also the octahedron, and cube. And there are icosahedral dice from the Ptolomaic dynasty in the British Museum, London. Slide 6-8: Etruscan Dodecahedron Emmer, Michele, Ed. The Visual Mind: Art and Mathematics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993. p. 216 There were Neolithic solids found in Scotland, and excavations near Padova have unearthed an Etruscan dodecahedron, c. 500 BCE, probably used as a toy.
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Kepler Slide 3-6: Kepler's Model of Universe Lawlor, p. 106 In 1596 Kepler published a tract called The Cosmic Mystery in which he envisioned the universe as consisting of nested Platonic Solids whose inscribed spheres determine the orbits of the planets, all enclosed in a sphere representing the outer heaven. Of
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Unformatted text preview: course, his observations did not fit this scheme. We'll encounter Kepler again in our unit on Celestial Themes in Art. Polyhedra and Plagiarism in the Renaissance Slide 14-10 : JACOPO DE 'BARBERI: Luca Pacioli , c. 1499 This painting shows Fra Luca Pacioli and his student, Guidobaldo, Duke of Urbino. In the upper left is a rhombi-cuboctahedron, and on the table is a dodecahedron on top of a copy of Euclid's Elements. Slide 15-11 : Leonardo's Illustrations for Luca's book. Da Divina Proportione Luca Pacioli wrote a book called Da Divina Proportione (1509) which contained a section on the Platonic Solids and other solids, which has 60 plates of solids by none other than his student Leonardo da Vinci. We'll tell the whole story of how this material was stolen from Luca's teacher Piero della Francesca in our unit on Polyhedra and Plagiarism in the Renaissance ....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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