Re: Venetian Scales of Man

From: scerir (
Date: Fri Feb 15 2002 - 13:43:24 MST

<This Venetian Macrocosm brought to you by your servant,

You forgot to mention this little venetian story, just one among
a thousands.

Johannes Kepler published his 'Harmonices Mundi' in 1619 (Linz).
In this book he describes, for the very first time, his famous
'stellarum duodecim planarum pentagonicarum', that is to say
the stellated dodecahedron.

Unfortunately (for Kepler) at least one marble inlay featuring
the stellated dodecahedron is located in the floor of the Basilica
of St. Mark in Venice. According to Lucio Saffaro and M. Muraro
Paolo Uccello, known as a master painter and as a master
mosaicist, made this inlay well before 1430.

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