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Perspectiva Corporum Regularium

Engraver:
Jost Amman (Swiss, Zurich before 1539–1591 Nuremberg)
Artist:
after Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, Vienna 1507/8–1585 Nuremberg)
Published in:
Nuremberg
Date:
1568
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 3/4 x 10 1/16 x 3/8in. (35 x 25.5 x 1cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.45.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690
Perspective of the Regular Bodies is a lavish compendium of perspectival geometry expressly intended to show off the graphic skills of Jamnitzer, perhaps the most renowned sixteenth-century goldsmith. Based on the five Platonic solids, or "regular bodies"—the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron—the five main sections of the book each consist of twenty-four polyhedral variants. The forms progress from the simplest on the top row of each page to the most augmented and complex at the bottom.
Vendor: Martinus Nijhoff (Dutch, The Hague 1894–1953 The Hague)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 24, 2000–April 9, 2000.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," March 26, 2012–July 19, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints," January 31, 2017–May 1, 2017.

Jessen 1650; Guilmard 370.43.2; Andresen I. 173. 217 (Amman); Hollstein II. 21 (Amman); Becker 82 (Amman)
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