Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fra Giovanni's Intarsia Polyhedra

Intarsia are mosaics made of pieces of inlaid wood. They are a remarkable art form which reached a peak in northern Italy in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Many outstanding examples of this period feature polyhedra. Above are four intarsia panels by Fra Giovanni da Verona, constructed around 1520. The first pair is in the Monastery of Monte Olivetto Maggiore (near Siena) and the second pair is from the church of Santa Maria in Organo, Verona.Dodecahedron, from "De Divina Proportione" by Luca Pacioli, Published 1509, Venice

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