De divina proportione

Diuina proportione

Illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519), Illustrated by Piero della Francesca (Italian, born about 1415–died in 1492), Author Luca Pacioli (Italian, died about 1514), Printer Alessandro Paganini (Italian, active 1509–1538), Printer Paganino Paganini (Italian, 16th century)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Essling 1645; Sander 5365/6; Mortimer, Italian, 346


Overall: 29.5 x 21 x 3.2 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 88 woodcuts and numerous diagrams

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Paganino Paganini, 1509) Quarto; 154 leaves; old limp vellum, light brown cloth box.

Illustrations: alphabet of roman capitals (after first section of text); proportional profile of head (bound betw. letters O and P); geometric forms shown solid and open (after second section of text); architectural columns and gateway (betw. pl. XIII and XIV of geometric subjs.); genealogical “tree of proportion” (last folio)

Venice: Paganino Paganini, 1509


Old ownership inscription (effaced) on title; William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, November 14, 1946.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund