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This and 51 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Album, Perspectiva. Corporum Regularium., 1568.

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1957

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2019

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Print, Plate O, F.IIII, Rhombentrikontaeder und Ikosaeder (Rhombic Triacontrahedron and Icosahedron), Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (Perspective of the Regular Bodies)

This is a Print. It was designed by Wenzel Jamnitzer and engraved by Jost Amman. It is dated 1568 and we acquired it in 1957. Its medium is etching on laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This print, designed by Wenzel Jamnitzer, court
goldsmith to the Habsburg Emperors, belongs to an
album featuring geometric figures corresponding to
the 5 Platonic solids. Plato connected these geodesic
forms with the elements of fire (tetrahedron),
earth (cube), air (octahedron), heavenly aether
(dodecahedron), water (icosahedron). Here,
Jamnitzer presents 2 complex polyhedral variants.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop.

Its dimensions are

Sheet: 23.3 × 35.5 cm (9 3/16 × 14 in.) Platemark: 17.7 × 25.7 cm (6 15/16 × 10 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower right corner: 36.

Cite this object as

Print, Plate O, F.IIII, Rhombentrikontaeder und Ikosaeder (Rhombic Triacontrahedron and Icosahedron), Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (Perspective of the Regular Bodies); Designed by Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, 1508–1585); Switzerland; etching on laid paper; Sheet: 23.3 × 35.5 cm (9 3/16 × 14 in.) Platemark: 17.7 × 25.7 cm (6 15/16 × 10 1/8 in.); Museum purchase through gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop; 1957-192-3-37

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Collection Selects: Wyss Institute.

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