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Geometrical Bodies as Material Forms: Luca Pacioli's 'Summa', 'Divina Proportione', 'Euclid's Elements', and the Architecture of the Late Fifteenth-Early Sixteenth Century

Damiani, Giacomo (2022) Geometrical Bodies as Material Forms: Luca Pacioli's 'Summa', 'Divina Proportione', 'Euclid's Elements', and the Architecture of the Late Fifteenth-Early Sixteenth Century. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.95821) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:95821)

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Abstract

This thesis considers how and why geometrical bodies were regarded as exemplary forms in Luca Pacioli's works and by which means these were applied to architecture, and compares Pacioli's position with those of other architectural theorists. To accomplish this, it relies on an understanding of human visuality coherent with the latest research in the psychology and philosophy of perception.

Pacioli was a lecturer in mathematics, was exceptionally well-placed in some of the most learned courtly environments and was very receptive to philosophical and mathematical trends. He was also very able when these had to be summarised or developed in his works. Pacioli's works stand at the intersection of the theoretical and practical knowledge of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

These are therefore extraordinary documents with which to trace the interrelation of philosophical, mathematical, and architectural arguments and consider the work of the practitioners with whom Pacioli interacted. Lastly, this thesis examines Pacioli's arguments on geometrical bodies and their application to the architecture of Donato Bramante, in their philosophical and theoretical contexts. Ultimately, the contextual analysis of Pacioli's arguments and Bramante's innovative design process clarifies not only their inherent correlations, but also their relevance to present-day approaches to the formal, visual, and spatial properties of architecture.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Fontana-Giusti, Gordana
Thesis advisor: Thomas, Benjamin
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.95821
Uncontrolled keywords: History and Theory of Architecture, History of Mathematics and Philosophy, Philosophy and Psychology of Perception, Renaissance Studies
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 14:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/95821 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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