Lo inganno de gl’occhi was written by Pietro Accolti in 1625 and was published in Italy (Firenze).
Lo inganno de gl’occhi means the deception of the eyes. It is related to the notions of perspective and perception discussed in the book. The author is mainly addressing painters, engineers, architects, or people with a personal interest in perspective.
There is a long and detailed table of contents. This Book is divided into three main parts: Plane figures, Solids, Shading. As well as other secondary parts included in the three main parts.
The work of Pietro Accolti is illustrated by drawings, diagrams, geometric figures or woodcut illustrations to help understand particularly complex concepts if they were explained without illustrations.
Lo inganno de gl’occhi is a medium-sized book, about the size of an A4 page with a small thickness (2-3cm) as dimensions and contains 152 pages. According to my interpretation, a large, thick book would have been difficult to carry around to share his knowledge. While a small book would represent an unimportant book.
His author, Pietro Accolti, was a printer, architect, mathematician and librarian. He is locally known for his theories about perspective and visual perception. He questioned the classical theories about perspective, pointing out that they did not take into account light and shadow in their works. Locally, because for a long time, the book was preserved and was hardly known by the rest of the world. This makes researches about this work by P. Accolti rather difficult and the less information that can be found is rather general.
Finally, this book is a relevant discovery and the theories explained in it are relatively modern and help us to understand the basis of certain architectural principles.
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