## Albrecht Dürer, the Father of Polyhedral Nets

Did you know that you can "write" in polyhedra? I just stumbled across a $24.99 font called Divina Proportione. Created by Brazilian graphic designer Paulo W, the typeface is constructed with beautiful geometric renderings by the famous Renaissance printmaker Albrecht Dürer.

I had no idea that Dürer made math art:

"The German Renaissance printmaker made important contributions to polyhedral literature in his book, *Underweysung der Messung (Four Books on Measurement)* (1525), meant to teach the subjects of linear perspective, geometry in architecture, Platonic solids, and regular polygons.

While the examples of perspective in *Underweysung der Messung* are underdeveloped and contain a number of inaccuracies, the manual does contain a very interesting discussion of polyhedral. **Dürer is also the first to introduce in text the idea of polyhedral nets, polyhedral unfolded to lie flat for printing**."

It's official. Dürer is even more awesome than I thought. Check out his depiction of a polyhedra below.

## 6 Comments

Oh wow. I didn't realize this about him. That's really cool. There's another famous renaissance era german text on polyhedra that is excaping me right now. I'll post it up when I remember it.

Ah. Found it. Might have to post this up somewhere else at some point. Flickr user peacay has a bunch of historical book plates in his photo stream. He has a set that contains the plates from Wentzel Jamnitzer's Perspectiva from 1568 which has some amazingly cool polyhedra.

So beautiful.

Here is a picture of Durer getting a geometry lesson

Here is Pacioli's construction

Here is some more on Durer

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