Third Quarter 2013 Update: The Architecture of Reason

A Well-Lighted Place ©ECAM Fra Luca Pacioli (1445-1517) was at the epicenter of the high Renaissance and the Enlightenment, he was a polymath among polymaths, a giant among giants. His personal mentors were the great architect Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), and the progenitor of perspective painting, Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-1492). Pacioli had become famous throughout Western Europe as a teacher, and most famously as an author of his book Summa de [Everything about] Arithmetic, Geometry, Proportion and Proportionality, published in 1494, which was a synthesis of mathematical knowledge at that time. The Summa included the first published treatise on bookkeeping, and to this day Pacioli is recognized as the father of accounting. Pacioli’s soon to be famous book, De Divina Proportione, would be printed in Venice in June, 1509. It would also include brilliant illustrations by the ineffable left hand of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Read more »