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The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe

The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision... Book Review Samuel Y. Edgerton The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2009 Reviewed by the author 940 Hancock Road Keywords : Samuel Williamstown, MA 01267 USA Edgerton, perspective, Samuel.Y.Edgerton@williams.edu Galileo, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Fra Angelico, Renaissance art My new book, The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe, both revises and extends my earlier, but now out of print (in English), Renaissance Rediscovery of Linear Perspective (New York, 1975/6). Furthermore, it also draws from my subsequent book, The Heritage of Giotto’s Geometry: Art and Science on the Eve of the Scientific Revolution, (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1991/3). The subject once again has to do with the inception of geometric linear perspective in the pictorial arts during the early Renaissance. I begin by tracing the reasons why this mathematical method was conceived only in Western Christendom (no other culture in the world had ever invented it independently before). The failure of the Crusades, the loss of Jerusalem, and schismatic divisions within the Church itself had badly weakened the Faith by the late Middle Ages, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nexus Network Journal Springer Journals

The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe

Nexus Network Journal , Volume 12 (1) – Feb 9, 2010

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Kim Williams Books, Turin
Subject
Mathematics; Mathematics, general; History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics; Popular Science, general; History, general
ISSN
1590-5896
eISSN
1522-4600
DOI
10.1007/s00004-010-0020-x
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Book Review Samuel Y. Edgerton The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2009 Reviewed by the author 940 Hancock Road Keywords : Samuel Williamstown, MA 01267 USA Edgerton, perspective, Samuel.Y.Edgerton@williams.edu Galileo, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Fra Angelico, Renaissance art My new book, The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe, both revises and extends my earlier, but now out of print (in English), Renaissance Rediscovery of Linear Perspective (New York, 1975/6). Furthermore, it also draws from my subsequent book, The Heritage of Giotto’s Geometry: Art and Science on the Eve of the Scientific Revolution, (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1991/3). The subject once again has to do with the inception of geometric linear perspective in the pictorial arts during the early Renaissance. I begin by tracing the reasons why this mathematical method was conceived only in Western Christendom (no other culture in the world had ever invented it independently before). The failure of the Crusades, the loss of Jerusalem, and schismatic divisions within the Church itself had badly weakened the Faith by the late Middle Ages,

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Published: Feb 9, 2010

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