art and books

How Did Leonardo Learn Math?

'Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance,' by Jane Gleeson-White. (Courtesy W.W. Norton & Company)

Introducing Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance, a new book by Jane Gleeson-White, Lewis Lapham (via Bloomberg) writes that Leonardo da Vinci learned math from a mathematics encyclopedia by Luca Pacioli, released in 1494, that had a section on double-entry bookkeeping, which helped pave the way for modern capitalism. Mr. Pacioli, who was a Franciscan Friar, also helped Leonardo create his theory of proportion. Read More


Morning Links: Double Leonardo Edition

A self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, ca. 1512–15. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The National Gallery’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is so popular that scalpers are reported to be flipping tickets—normally priced at £16 (about $25)—for more than $250. Now the museum says it will cancel resold tickets, though the it “declined to say how it would identify scalped tickets, according to the BBC.” [ArtsBeat]

Jonathan Jones—the hardest-working art critic in the business—takes a look at the Leonardo show and offers up a brief audio slide show analyzing some of the artist’s works. [Guardian]

The Arts and Culture working group within Occupy Wall Street, which we wrote about earlier this month, is looking for a permanent space for exhibitions and studios. Hyperallergic‘s Hrag Vartanian has offered to lend a hand. [The Art Newspaper] Read More