L'Archimede di Piero [2007 facsimile edition]
Sansepolcro (Arezzo) : Grafica European Center of Fine Arts, 2007
QA31 .A694 2007 F + SUPPL. ARTLCKM
Only recently discovered and attributed, Piero della Francesca’s undated [fifteenth-century] manuscript consists entirely of writings by the Greek mathematician Archimedes. It is a sort of “reprint” composed by hand, with marginal diagrams recreating Archimedes’s studies of simple geometric forms. As such, the manuscript serves as elegantly presented evidence of the great Renaissance painter’s intense personal commitment to understanding mathematical theory, especially that of the classical thinkers. More generally, the work underscores the interdisciplinarity so often at play in Renaissance artistic output as well as the interest visual artists held in circumscribing the physical world around them. The Library’s facsimile edition, one of 999 copies, includes commentary by Roberto Manescalchi and Matteo Martelli.
L'Archimede di Piero