Perspectiva Corporum Regularium

Engraver Jost Amman Swiss
after Wenzel Jamnitzer German

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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.

Perspectiva Corporum Regularium, Jost Amman (Swiss, Zurich before 1539–1591 Nuremberg), Etching

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Plate O, F.IIII