The Radical Geometry of Leonardo da Vinci

By February 13, 2012blog
Pacioli's De Divina Proportione illustration by Leonardo da Vinci 1

On a research trip to the S.C. Williams Library at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Mr. Adam Winger, the Digital Initiatives Librarian, provided this architect with the distinctly analog privilege of turning the pages of an ancient pressing of Pacioli’s De Divina Proportione, originally printed in 1509 and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci.

Five hundred years ago. Cut into wood. By hand.

See additional images from the Stevens Digital Collections here.

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