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Octahedron Platonic Figure
De devina proportioned. In 1509 Luca Paciola
published this legendary book. Its illustrator, Leonardo da Vinci,
devised a method to portray the five Plantonic shapes in 3-D
perspective, shaded like real objects, rather than geometrical
diagrams. From Plato's time these forms had special significance to
mathematicians and philosophers alike, representing symbols for
earth and fire, water and air. The juxtaposition of science and art
intrigued Renaissance intelligentsia. Wooden models commissioned at
Milanese and Florentine courts became actual symbols of learning
and sophistication. Besides their metaphysical and geometric
importance, the Da Vinci polyhedral shapes are quintessential
building blocks of matter. The Platonic figures, the supreme
expression of the majesty of geometry, were revered by philosophers
and mathematicians of ancient Greece & the Renaissance. The
mysterious powers of mathematics and science and its application to
art were a favorite study of the quintessential Renaissance man,
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519). His delicately shaded illustrations
of polyhedrons appears in Luca Paciolis 1509 book De
divina proportioned. These shapes were thought to be
related to the elements: the cube to Earth, tetrahedron to fire,
octahedron to air, icosahedron to water, and dodecahedron to
heavenly ether. Enjoy the classic beauty and pleasing proportions
of these timelessly intriguing shapes.
- 8 in. L x 8 in. W x 6.5 in. H
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