‘The beauty of math at The Met’

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‘The beauty of math at The Met’

     
“A Point is the beginning of all geometrical matter. A Line is a continuation of the same. A Superfices has length and breadth without a given thickness. A Solid has length and breadth with a given thickness, which forms a cube and comprehends the whole.”


Middle Chamber Lecture
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Through May 8, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits a collection of drawings, prints, and other works that celebrate, as the Middle Chamber Lecture phrases it, “the powers and properties of magnitudes in general, where length, breadth, and thickness are considered. From a point to a line from a line to a superfices, and from a superfices to a solid.”


Picturing Math” is a collection of art created by ten mathematicians and scientists spanning 500 years. From the publicity:




“The visualization of mathematics has taken many forms since the advent of printing. Animated by tensions between the abstract and the figural, the geometric and the gestural, these works from The Met collection show how artists from the 15th century to contemporary times have engaged in the creation and communication of mathematical knowledge through the use and production of images.”





All images courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click to enlarge.


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Francesco Curti, “Garden of Mathematical Sciences,”
(engraving,
Italy, 17th century).

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Johann Sadeler I, “Geometria,” (from The Seven
Liberal Arts,
after Maerten de Vos, 1570-1600, engraving and etching).

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Georges Reverdy, “The Architect,” (etching, France,
1529-57).

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“Plate 24: Geometria XXIIII,” from E-Series Tarocchi
Cards,
(engraving, Italy, 15th century).

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Albrecht Dürer, Underweysung der messung mit
dem zirckel un richt scheyt, printed by Hieronymus Andreae,
called Formschneyder, (woodcut in book, 1525).

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Peter Flötner,
“Perspectival Drawing with Three Cubes,”
(pen and black ink, brush and grey
wash, 1528).

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Underweissung der Proportzion und stellung der possen,
designed by Erhard Schön, printed by Christoff Zell, bound by William Chatto,
(woodcuts in book, 1538).

     


Source: The Magpie Mind