Euclid in the Campanile of Florence

Nino Pisano's EuclidPhotography by Carlos Dorce

Nino Pisano’s Euclid
Photography by Carlos Dorce

In the XIVth century, the Italian sculptor Nino Pisano collaborated in the panels for the Campanile (the bell tower) of Santa Maria del Fiore of Firenze. One of his panels has a lot of interest here due to the picture represented in it: it’s Euclid with a compass!

You can find this panel next to the exit door of the church and this isn`t the only mathematical picture that you can find in it! If you follow the frieze you’ll find Ptolemy looking at the night sky using a quadrant in the south side of Giotto’s bell tower:

Ptolemy in Giotto's CampanilePhotography by Carlos Dorce

Ptolemy in Giotto’s Campanile
Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: Giotto’s Campanile (map)

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