Piero della Francesca, one of the greatest painters of the fifteenth century, was also an accomplished mathematician. Piero della Francesca: A Mathematician's Art, the first combined study of Piero's work as a mathematician and as a painter, explores the connections between these two activities and thus enhances our understanding of both his paintings and his writings.
J. V. Field begins by describing Piero's education, family background, and training as a painter. Piero della Francesca: A Mathematician's Art then examines the strong sense of three-dimensional form shown in his art and the abstract solid geometry discussed in his writings. Field next considers Piero's treatise on perspective and paintings that examplify the prescriptions it provides and assesses the optical or pictorial "rules" Piero followed as a painter. Piero is identified as a figure of some intellectual weight, as a learned craftsman.
Piero della Francesca: A Mathematician's Art concludes by considering the historical significance of the tradition to which he belonged and its connections with the Scientific Revolution.