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Sacrobosco's Sphaera mundi : Slide 10-7: Illustration from Sacrobosco Dixon, Laurinda S. Giovanni di Paolo's Cosmology. Art Bull. Dec. 1985, p. 604-613. The probable source for di Paolo's picture and others like it was Sacrobosco's Sphaera mundi : a popular source for this information written in the 13th century and used at universities. It presented an elementary and introductory view of the universe, giving Greek cosmology with a Christian spin. So we have what Edgerton calls the
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Unformatted text preview: Geometrization of Heavenly Space , the counterpart of our geometritization of terrestrial space acheived with linear perspective, where all receding lines travelled obediently to a neat vanishing point at infinity. This is part of a world view ruled by a general conception of an orderly universe that God had created out of chaos, where, according to the Book of Wisdom, God had arranged all things according to Number, Weight, and Measure....
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