Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1525

Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer

Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer

Alternative Titles:
  • Albrecht Dürer - Underweysung der Messung
  • Underweysung der messung mit dem zirckel un richt scheyt
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  2. Codicology
Short Description

Towards the end of his life, the great Albrecht Dürer created the oldest surviving German treatise on measurement and quantity ratios: the Treatise on Measurement, originally titled Underweysung der messung mit dem zirckel un richt scheyt. Published in 1525, Dürer’s own introduction stated that the work was intended “not only for painters, but also for goldsmiths, sculptors, stonemasons, carpenters, and all those for whom using measurement is useful.” It was dedicated to Willibald Pirckheimer, a humanist scholar and advisor to Emperor Maximilian I who was also Dürer’s closest friend. The artist’s own magnificent woodcuts adorn and help to clarify the text as well as serving as examples of complicated spatial images.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Albrecht Dürer - Underweysung der Messung
Underweysung der messung mit dem zirckel un richt scheyt
Date
1525
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Illustrations
Various woodcuts
Content
A combination of a number of classical and contemporary mathematical texts with the knowledge of geometry that Dürer accumulated throughout his life through his artistic practice.
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer“

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Underweysung der Messung Facsimile

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1 volume
Language: German
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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