Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer

Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer Facsimile Edition

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1525

A gift from an aging Albrecht Dürer to future generations of painters, goldsmiths, sculptors, stonemasons, carpenters, and anyone who uses measurements

  1. The manuscript is the oldest surviving German treatise on measurement and quantity ratios

  2. Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) made woodcuts to clarify the text and depict complicated spatial images

  3. Dürer dedicated the work to his best friend and fellow humanist Willibald Pirckheimer (1470–1530)

Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer

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Treatise on Measurement by Albrecht Dürer

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.

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Alternative Titles
Albrecht Dürer - Underweysung der Messung
Underweysung der messung mit dem zirckel un richt scheyt
Origin
Germany
Date
1525
Language
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.
Artist / School
Previous Owners
Marianne Khuner

Available facsimile editions:
Collegium Graphicum – Portland, 1972
Facsimile Editions

#1 Underweysung der Messung

Collegium Graphicum – Portland, 1972

Publisher: Collegium Graphicum – Portland, 1972
Commentary: 1 volume
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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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