The Polyhedrists: Art and Geometry in the Long Sixteenth Century
By Noam Andrews
This wonderfully designed, lavishly illustrated book on the history of the relationship between art and geometry in the early modern period, investigates the “hitherto unexplored wilds of art and science.” It is a pleasure to hold and behold. Paper, images, printing quality—all superb!
In The Polyhedrists, Noam Andrews unfolds a history of the relationship between art and geometry in early modern Europe, told largely through a collective of ground-breaking artisan-artists (among them, Luca Pacioli, Albrecht Dürer, Wenzel Jamnitzer, and Lorentz Stöer) and by detailed analysis of a rich visual panoply of their work, featuring paintings, prints, decorative arts, cabinetry, and lavishly illustrated treatises. But this is also an art history of the polyhedra themselves, emblems of an evolving artistic intelligence, which include a varied set of geometrical figures—both Platonic, or regular, like the simple tetrahedron, and Archimedean, or irregular, like the complex yet beguiling rhombicosidodecahedron.
2022; paperback; 6 x 9 inches; 304 pages; 9780262046640