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

Samuel Y., Jr. Edgerton

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Jan. 29 2009
In The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope, Samuel Y. Edgerton brings fresh insight to a subject of perennial interest to the history of art and science in the West-the birth of linear perspective. Edgerton retells the fascinating story of how perspective emerged in early fifteenth-century Florence, growing out of an artistic and religious context in which devout Christians longed for divine presence in their daily lives. And yet, ironically, its discovery would have a profound effect not only on the history of art but on the history of science and technology, ultimately undermining the very medieval Christian cosmic view that gave rise to it in the first place.

Among Edgerton's cast of characters is Filippo Brunelleschi, who first demonstrated how a familiar object could be painted in a picture exactly as it appeared in a mirror reflection. Brunelleschi communicated the principles of this new perspective to his artist friends Donatello, Masaccio, Masolino, and Fra Angelico. But it was the humanist scholar Leon Battista Alberti who codified Brunelleschi's perspective rules into a simple formula that even mathematically disadvantaged artists could understand. By looking through a window the geometric beauties of this world were revealed without the theological implications of a mirror reflection. Alberti's treatise, "On Painting," spread the new concept throughout Italy and transalpine Europe, even influencing later scientists including Galileo Galilei. In fact, it was Galileo's telescope, called at the time a "perspective tube," that revealed the earth to be not a mirror reflection of the heavens, as Brunelleschi had advocated, but just the other way around.

Building on the knowledge he has accumulated over his distinguished career, Edgerton has written the definitive, up-to-date work on linear perspective, showing how this simple artistic tool did indeed change our present vision of the universe.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (Jan. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801474809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801474804
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great Aug. 27 2011
By Regina - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is intriguing on many counts, but the author has a number of views on art historical issues which he presents as facts, but are opinion. The writing is dry and lacks the kind of excitement that this topic really needs. I found myself disagreeing with the author so often that it created a distraction. On the other hand, the topic is crucial to the history of art and science, and definitely worth reading for the science aspects especially. Caution on the art history.
5.0 out of 5 stars perspective a a scientific progress March 29 2014
By Prof. Georg Eisner - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent book with a scientific analysis of the development of the perspective in the Renaissance, including a view on the cultural background.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Torn barcode Jan. 14 2013
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I received the book and the back barcode was torn off due to this action I will be unable to possibly sell back my book at my school's bookstore. Other than that, it was shipped on time.

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