The full title of this book translates from Italian to: „The deception of the eyes, practical prospektive“, followed by a subtitle describing the author: „from Pietro Accolti, gentleman from florence and from the tuscan academy of design. Treatise on painting“
Obviously as the title suggests, someone would read this book to get a close insight into exactly how our eyes can deceive us. Especially if you are interested in perspective drawing.
List of contents
The first few chapter of this book are only one page short.These chapters feature the name of Italian authors or poets.Some Authors and poets named are Giovambatista Strozzi, Alessandro Adimari and Andrea Salvador.These Chapters feature a short quote from them, that connects to the theme of the book.
Further the book is divided into three parts, where Pietro Accolti goes to explain how three-dimensional bodies behave in our world and how we perceive them.
For that he uses many illustrations throughout the whole book. This makes sense since this topic is more easily comprehensible with visual examples. Most of the illustrations are really technical and look like what you might find in a geometry book.
Size and format
The book is about the size of standard A4 and as thin as two fingers. It reminds me of school-textbooks. At the beginning of the book he adresses the readers as: „readers and academics“. This makes me think the purpose of the book was to educate people.
Pietro Accolti lived around 1500. He was a cardinal of the catholic church and also was a professor for law. I find the theme of the book shows, that his interests were in many different fields, since it doesn’t ave much to do with neither law or religion.