More often celebrated as a painter, Piero della Francesca was also a pioneering mathematician. This lecture will discuss Piero's achievements as a mathematician, focusing on his precocious mastery of the teachings of the Greek geometrician Archimedes. Shortly after his death, Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar, published two of Piero's treatises under his own name and conveyed Piero's knowledge of geometry to Leonardo da Vinci, who later became an expert in the subject.
Location: The Frick Collection, New York, NY
Event Date: 03.20.13
Speaker: James R. Banker
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