De Prospectiva Pingendi
De Prospectiva pingendi (On the Perspective of painting) is the earliest and only pre–1500 Renaissance treatise solely devoted to the subject of perspective. It was written by the Italian master Piero della Francesca late in his career but by c1474. Despite its Latin title, the opus is written in Italian.
The script consists of three parts:
- Part One Disegno, describing techniques for painting faces
- Part Two Commensurazio, describing perspectives
- Part Three Coloro, describing techniques for creating perspectives by using colours
The writings were inspired by the book De pictura by Leon Battista Alberti written in 1435 but probably also by works by Euclid. The manuscript later came into the possession of the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma before it was transferred to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
Much of Piero’s work was later absorbed into the writing of others, notably Luca Pacioli. Piero’s work on solid geometry appears in Pacioli’s "De divina proportione", a work illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci.
In 1899 the writings were first published in bookform.
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