The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope in the TLS

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Christopher Stace reviews Samuel Y. Edgerton’s The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe in the July 10, 2009, issue of the TLS. Here’s an excerpt:

“Edgerton’s very readable book provides a clear history of linear perspective, with a detailed reconstruction of the Brunelleschi experiment set against the religious background of fifteenth-century Florence. It considers the spiritual and moral implications of geometric optics, and shows how artists as well as religious leaders used the new knowledge and adapted it to their traditional assumptions about visualized nature.”

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