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Title page (Terra)
  • Jost Amman, artist
    born: Zurich, Old Swiss Confederacy (present-day Switzerland) ; died: Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) ; active: Holy Roman Empire (
    Wenzel Jamnitzer
    1507 or 1508–1585
    born: Vienna, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Austria) ; died: Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany)
  • Title page (Terra), 1568
  • Perspectiva corporum regularium
  • Where object was made: Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany)
  • engraving
  • Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 260 x 180 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 7 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 274 x 191 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 13/16 x 7 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0313.12
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Terra Anima", 19-Sep-2017
Amman was a 16th-century painter and printmaker who executed W. Jamnitzer’s famous book Perspectiva corporum regularium (Perspective of Ruled Shapes), which depicts five geometrical bodies known as Platonic solids, considered to be the building
blocks of the material world. The first four are associated with the elements (fire, air, earth, and water)—pictured here in alignment with the exhibition’s theme, earth, associated with the hexahedron.
In this work, Jamnitzer exhibits knowledge of both Platonic form
and Euclidean geometry, illustrating the Renaissance obsession
with geometric and perspectival rendering.