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Daniele Barbaro and the University of PadovaDaniele Barbaro and Mathematical Instruments

Daniele Barbaro and the University of Padova: Daniele Barbaro and Mathematical Instruments [Part IX of La practica della perspectiva was planned as an attentive examination of the instruments for perspective drawing, a topic which comprised the theoretical-practical framework as well as Barbaro’s personal interest in mathematical instruments and, more generally, in mechanical inventions. This contribution examines the instruments presented in Part IX of La pratica della prospettiva: Barbaro’s own ‘universal clock’, Albrecht Dürer’s perspective machine, Baldassarre Lanci’s distanziometro, the camera obscura, Vimercato’s device for reproducing drawings, the graduated semicircle used by cartographers, and Jacopo Castriotto’s instrument for measuring the angle of scarped fortress walls. The tie between the arts and technical-scientific knowledge, already sanctioned by the celebrated commentary on Vitruvius, was renovated in the treatise on perspective thanks precisely to the attention Barbaro devoted to instruments for drawing and measuring the visible world.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Daniele Barbaro and the University of PadovaDaniele Barbaro and Mathematical Instruments

Part of the Trends in the History of Science Book Series
Editors: Monteleone, Cosimo; Williams, Kim

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Publisher
Springer Nature Switzerland
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
ISBN
978-3-031-29482-2
Pages
39 –64
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-29483-9_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Part IX of La practica della perspectiva was planned as an attentive examination of the instruments for perspective drawing, a topic which comprised the theoretical-practical framework as well as Barbaro’s personal interest in mathematical instruments and, more generally, in mechanical inventions. This contribution examines the instruments presented in Part IX of La pratica della prospettiva: Barbaro’s own ‘universal clock’, Albrecht Dürer’s perspective machine, Baldassarre Lanci’s distanziometro, the camera obscura, Vimercato’s device for reproducing drawings, the graduated semicircle used by cartographers, and Jacopo Castriotto’s instrument for measuring the angle of scarped fortress walls. The tie between the arts and technical-scientific knowledge, already sanctioned by the celebrated commentary on Vitruvius, was renovated in the treatise on perspective thanks precisely to the attention Barbaro devoted to instruments for drawing and measuring the visible world.]

Published: May 31, 2023

Keywords: Daniele Barbaro; Mathematical instruments; Gnomonics; Camera obscura; Baldassarre Lanci

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