High End Models of da Vinci’s ‘De Divina Proportione’
This is a series of 5 structural forms based on Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches in the De Divinia Proportione (The Divine Proportion). Representing fire, water, air and heavenly ether, each handmade wooden model features intricate hand crafted joints and are finished in a translucent shade of distressed French finish honey.
The History Behind ‘De Divinia Proportione’
In 1509, Luca Paciola published this legendary book De Divinia Proportione. Its illustrator, Leonardo da Vinci, devised a method to portray the 5 platonic shapes in 3D perspective, shaped like real objects rather than geometric diagrams. From Plato’s time these forms had special significance to mathematicians and philosophers alike, representing symbols of earth, fire air and water.
The juxtaposition of science and art intrigued Renaissance intelligentsia. Wooden models commissioned at Milanese and Florentine courts became actual symbols of learning and sophistication. Besides their metaphysical and geometrical importance, the da Vinci polyhedral shapes are quintessential building blocks of matter.
5 different hand-crafted wooden models of da Vinci's polyhedral forms:
Tetrahedron - (item# 3153511) Platonic model of 4 triangles (9" x 9")
Elevated Tetrahedron – (item# 3153513) Platonic model of 12 triangles (8.5" x 8.5")
Octahedron – (item# 3153512) Platonic model of 8 triangles (9" x 9")
Dodecahedron – (item# 3153514) Platonic model of 12 pentagons (9" x 9")
Icosahedron – (item# 3153515) Platonic model of 20 triangles (9.25" x 9.25")