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Pythagoras and Renaissance Europe: Finding Heaven (Hardback)
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Pythagoras and Renaissance Europe: Finding Heaven (Hardback)

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Hardback 334 Pages / Published: 12/10/2009
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Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier offers the first systematic study of Pythagoras and his influence on mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, religion, medicine, music, the occult, and social life - as well as on architecture and art - in the late medieval and early modern eras. Following the threads of admiration for this ancient Greek sage from the fourteenth century to Kepler and Galileo in the seventeenth, this book demonstrates that Pythagoras's influence in intellectual circles - Christian, Jewish, and Arab - was more widespread than has previously been acknowledged. Joost-Gaugier shows how this admiration was reflected in ideas that were applied to the visual arts by a number of well known architects and artists who sought, through the use of a visual language inspired by the memory of Pythagoras, to obtain perfect harmony in their creations. Among these were Alberti, Bramante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521517959
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 253 x 215 x 23 mm


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'... a beautiful job. Exceedingly well-written and entertaining, as well as informative. I don't know of anyone who has ... come up with such a complete and rounded set of materials on Pythagoras. It was a brilliant idea, and [the] text is intelligent, learned and brilliant.' George L. Hersey, Yale University
'... an impressive annotated bibliography of Renaissance Pythagoreanism, with a good index, very suitable for canvassing this broad and confusing field quickly and easily.' The Mathematical Intelligencer
'The broad scholarship in this study commands respect, and the author's comprehensive approach to Renaissance thought and art deserves admiration.' Sixteenth Century Journal
'... wide-ranging, well-written study ...' Renaissance Quarterly

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