Artworks

Uccello

6 c

Uccello – screenprint with etching 107cm x 76cm

5

Chalice – working drawing

P1010873 copy

Chalice – mixed media on wood 30cm x 20cm

(c) Prof. Ian Howard; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Symmetry – detail

“Paulo Uccello’s pioneering and beautiful geometrical analysis of that most holy form, the chalice, is a renaissance exercise in the coding of three dimensional form which prefigures the spherical geometries of Reid, Reimann and Einstein, not to mention the spatial nets which underpin computer graphics.

This is a geometry of the mind which can transmute without warning from the parameters of mathematics to the edges of religious symbolism and back again. Here ………in Uccello above….. it is filled with an uncanny light which glows from within. Legends turn on the talismanic properties of the chalice and the secrets it can bestow. It is the medieval form of the collision between Christian doctrine and magic”.

Professor Murdo MacDonald

EMBLEMATA Published by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, 1998

ISBN 1 899837 23 X