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Univ.of Rochester Lecture Series:David Pankow

           See The Exhibition Online, And Order Your Catalog.

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation, =
University of Rochester Library, invites you to attend a lecture on

"The Geometry of Humanism: Albrecht Durer and the Roman Capital Letter =

By David Pankow, Curator of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr., Graphic Arts =
Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology

November 6, 2001 at 7:30 pm
Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation Department
Rush Rhees Library

For more information or directions, call (716) 275-4477 or go to http://www=

This is the same talk that Mr. Pankow gave during Bibliography Week in New =
York in January.

Albrecht D=FCrer is justly famous for his paintings, woodcuts and =
engravings. He was also deeply interested in the proportions of the human =
figure and in geometry, believing that it was, "in very truth, the =
foundation of the whole graphic art." A discerning artist, for example, =
could deduce an underlying geometric structure for Roman inscriptional =

Inspired by what he had seen and heard during two trips to Venice, D=FCrer =
conducted an intense personal study of proportion and harmony, looking for =
what he came to call the "great secret," such that one or perhaps several =
unified geometric principles could be used to explain the forms of man, =
nature, and the universe. It was a subject that was to consume him for =
many years to come.

Toward the end of his life he wrote two important technical treatises: the =
famous Unterwessung der Messung, or Course in the Art of Measurement, =
published in 1525, and Vier B=FCcher von menschlicher Proportion, or Four =
Books on Human Proportion, published posthumously in 1528.

This talk explores the Renaissance interest in geometry and D=FCrer's =
attempts to reconcile the notion of idealized beauty with a world in which =
both people and the letters of the alphabet elude mathematical constraints.=

The lecture is free and open to the public.  RSVPs requested.
RSVP: rpeek@rcl.lib.rochester.edu

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