January 30, 2004

Perspectiva Literaria

In 1567, Nuremburg goldsmith Hans Lencker published his illustrated treatise Perspectiva Literaria, one of three remarkable studies in perspective published in Bavaria at around the same time (I have already made mention here of Stoer’s Geometria et Perspectiva (Augsburg, 1567) and Jamnitzer’s Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (Nuremburg, 1568).

Geometrical object in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'

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Geometrical object in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'
Lencker’s ‘Literary Perspective’ was first published in 1567, with a second edition in 1595. This splendidly illustrated work […] with elaborate perspectival designs, beautifully etched by his Nuremberg colleague Matthias Zündt, became the model for a whole generation of artists on perspective, including Jamnitzer and Brunn. Hans Lencker the Elder was one of the most outstanding members of the famous Nuremberg dynasty of goldsmiths and engravers. His works are found in various fields, from enamel drinking vessels to book-bindings (source here.)
Geometrical object in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'

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The plates etched by Zündt after Lencker’s designs include nine geometrical figures in perspective, six of which I have excerpted for display here, and twelve plates depicting letters of the alphabet in various perspectival arrangements, the first and last of which follow below.

Geometrical object in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'

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Geometrical object in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'

Click on the third image above, or the first one below to open a substantially enlarged version of the same; slighter enlargements of the first and sixth of the above images, and the second one below may likewise be opened. My source for all of these images was Prof. Dr. Hebisch’s excellent Mathematischen Café site.

The letters 'A' and 'B' in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'

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The letters 'Y' and 'Z' in perspective, from Lencker's 'Perspectiva...'

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I just found your weblog through 2004 bloggies [that weblog award thing] - wonderful site. I have done a research class about Renaissance astrology [Cardano, Pico, Duerer, also Seznec and Warburg etc.], and presented the idea about these projects/exercises you mention. These attempts reach so far back, until the Platonic solids theory...isn't it just awesome? Am glad I found your weblog!

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