Book ID: CBB802046280

Piero's Light: In Search of Piero della Francesca: A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science, and Religion (2014)


Larry Witham (Author)

Pegasus Books

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: 368 pages
Language: English

In the tradition of The Swerve and Galileo's Daughter, Piero's Light reveals how art, religion and science came together at the dawn of the modern world in the paintings of one remarkable artist In the heart of Tuscany, Piero della Francesca became a painter and mathematician at the dawn of the Renaissance, revealing his innovative mind in some of the best known images from that period, and in his unusual writings on geometry. Yet as a personality, Piero remains a mystery. He leaves an enigmatic legacy that ranges from the merging of religion and mathematics to his use of perspective to make painting a "true science." In this engaging narrative, Larry Witham transports us to Piero's tumultuous age, a world of princes and popes, soldiers and schisms. Piero's Light also reveals how he was part of the philosophical revival of Platonism, an ancient worldview that would shape art, religion, and science's transition toward modernity. Just sixteen of Piero's paintings survive, but these images and his writings would fuel some of the greatest art historical debates of all time. Through Witham's wide research, Piero emerges as a figure who marks a turning point in Western culture. Our past understanding of faith, beauty, and knowledge has been radically altered by a secular age, and the story of Piero helps us understand how this has taken place. The search for Piero has continued among both intrepid scholars and art lovers of all kinds, and it is no wonder: few artists in history take us as deeply into the intellectual excitement of the Renaissance as Piero della Francesca.

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Authors & Contributors
Field, Judith Veronica
Andersen, Kirsti
Monteleone, Cosimo
Thierry Belleguic
Burke, Owen
Galassi, Francesco
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Renaissance Studies
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Egea Editore
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Science History Publications
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Science and art
Science and religion
Projective geometry
Francesca, Piero della
Pacioli, Luca
Barbaro, Daniele
Alberti, Leon Battista
Regiomontanus (Jahannes Mueller)
Taylor, Brook
Time Periods
15th century
16th century
17th century
Early modern
18th century

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