Pacioli’s alphabet

The Franciscan friar and mathematician Luca Pacioli is noted for writing “De divina proportione”, a book in vernacular Italian about the principles of architecture and the ratios underlying the human figure. Written in 1496 and published in 1503, the book also includes the result of Pacioli’s research on the correct balance in the shapes of the letters of the alphabet.

Here is a gallery of the harmonious graphemes presented in his essay.

January 15, 2014