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Piero's light : In search of Piero della Francesca : a Renaissance painter and the revolution in art, science, and religion /
Larry Witham.
edition
1st Pegasus Books cloth edition.
imprint
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
description
xxiv, 354 p. : col. ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1605984949 (cloth), 9781605984940 (cloth)
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imprint
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
isbn
1605984949 (cloth)
9781605984940 (cloth)
abstract
An innovative painter in the early generation of renaissance artists and one of the great enigmas of art history, Piero Della Francesca was also a knowledgable scholar on religious topics and a mathematician who wanted to use perspective and geometry to make painting a "true science." Piero lived in a tumultuous age of princes and popes, soldiers and schisms. A skilled geometer, he was also part of the philosophical revival of platonism, an ancient worldview that would shape our modern revolutions in art, religion, and science. In 'Piero's Light', Larry Witham presents Piero not only as a vivid character in his own time, but as an integral piece of our artistic legacy that takes us from past visions of belief, beauty, and knowledge to a secular age, a time when science is redefining our mental experiences. Although only sixteen of Piero's works survive, few art historians doubt his importance in the renaissance.
catalogue key
9257594
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-342) and index.
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An innovative painter in the early generation of Renaissance artists and one of the great enigmas of art history, Piero dell Francesca was also an knowledge gable scholar on religious topics and a mathematician who wanted to use perspective and geometry to make painting a "true science." Piero lived in a tumultuous age of princes and popes, soldiers and schisms. A skilled geometer, he was also part of the philosophical revival of Platonism, an ancient worldview that would shape our modern revolutions in art, religion, and science. In Piero's Light, Larry Witham presents Piero not only as a vivid character in his own time, but as an integral piece of our artistic legacy that takes us from past visions of belief, beauty, and knowledge to a secular age, a time when science is redefining our mental experiences. Although only sixteen of Piero's works survive, few art historians doubt his importance in the Renaissance. In recent years, the quest for Piero has continued among intrepid scholars and art lovers. and Piero's Light uncovers the life of this remarkable artistic revolutionary and enduring legacy of the Italian Renaissance.
Main Description
An innovative painter in the early generation of Renaissance artists and one of the great enigmas of art history, Piero dell Francesca was also intimately knowledgeable about religious topics and a mathematician who wanted to use perspective and geometry to make painting a "true science." Piero lived in a tumultuous age of princes and popes, soldiers and schisms. A skilled geometer, he was also part of the philosophical revival of Platonism, an ancient worldview that would shape our modern revolutions in art, religion, and science. In Pieros Light, Larry Witham presents Piero not only as a vivid character in his own time, but as an integral piece of our artistic legacy that takes us from past visions of belief, beauty, and knowledge to a secular age, a time when science is redefining our mental experiences. Although only sixteen of Pieros works survive, few art historians doubt his importance in the Renaissance. In recent years, the quest for Piero has continued among intrepid scholars and art lovers. and Pieros Light uncovers the life of this remarkable artistic revolutionary and enduring legacy of the Italian Renaissance.
Main Description
An innovative painter in the early generation of Renaissance artists and one of the great enigmas of art history, Piero dell Francesca was also intimately knowledgeable about religious topics and a mathematician who wanted to use perspective and geometry to make painting a "true science." Piero lived in a tumultuous age of princes and popes, soldiers and schisms. A skilled geometer, he was also part of the philosophical revival of Platonism, an ancient worldview that would shape our modern revolutions in art, religion, and science. In Piero's Light, Larry Witham presents Piero not only as a vivid character in his own time, but as an integral piece of our artistic legacy that takes us from past visions of belief, beauty, and knowledge to a secular age, a time when science is redefining our mental experiences. Although only sixteen of Piero's works survive, few art historians doubt his importance in the Renaissance. In recent years, the quest for Piero has continued among intrepid scholars and art lovers. and Piero's Light uncovers the life of this remarkable artistic revolutionary and enduring legacy of the Italian Renaissance.

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