The exhibition review which led me to the work of Giovanni Battista Bracelli (see below), also made intriguing mention of another work, a volume of designs by a German goldsmith called Christoph Jamnitzer. In the reviewer’s estimation, Bracelli’s designs were ‘timid’ in comparison with those in Jamnitzer’s Neuw Grottesken Buch.
I have been unable to find any on-line images from this work, but in so doing discovered that the Jamnitzer family had other illustrious sons, who, like Cristoph, worked as goldsmiths in 16th/17th Century Nuremburg. Perhaps the most famous of the clan was Cristoph’s grandfather Wentzel (or Wenzel) Jamnitzer, author of a visually fascinating work entitled Perspectiva Corporum Regularium.
George Hart, author of the Virtual Polyhedra web-site, rates Jamnitzer as ‘one of the most creative polyhedral artists of all time.’ Hart’s site also features pages on the contribtions to polyhedral art by Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, amongst others.
I lifted the present images from this site, which presents the work complete. At least one other site also plays host to a complete edition of the Perspectiva… Click on the images to see the etchings in a larger format.