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

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9781605984940: Piero's Light: In Search of Piero della Francesca: A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science, and Religion
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A convincing and highly readable study.

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A popular intellectual history commendable for its engaging style.

A convincing and highly readable study.

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If Botticelli is the most loved Italian painter of the early Renaissance, then Piero della Francesca is the most revered. The work of almost every other figurative artist seems fussy, histrionic, noisy and slapdash in comparison with Piero's taut yet solemn distillations of light, color and form. Mr. Witham has done an impressive amount of research into the period and makes interesting observations about Piero's painting and treatises and is attentive to Piero's technical innovation. "

The unearthly power of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca's works is attributable as much to skill in spatial illusion and complex perspective as to artistic brilliance, Larry Witham shows. This study of Piero's impact reveals a mathematician and geometer who helped to bridge the way to Galileo. Along with paintings such as The Flagellation of Christ - which fuse maths, classical Platonic science and innovative handling of light - Piero authored influential treatises such the Little Book on Five Regular Solids. "

Witham, a writer of many books on religion, science and philosophy, is the latest in a long line of Anglophone writers to fall under Piero's spell. ... [He] has done an impressive amount of research into the period and mastered the secondary sources. "

This study of Piero's impact reveals a mathematician and geometer who helped to bridge the way to Galileo. "

A story that will draw readers attention, compelling them to continue. For those interested in art, history, philosophy, sociology, or science."

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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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