The 1586 book Perspectiva Corporum Regularium, (Perspective of the Regular Solids) is a study of the five Platonic solids modified, stellated and faceted in order to produce 120 variations. The detailed engravings were made by Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508-1585), a German goldsmith, artist and printmaker. In Jamnitzer’s work the tetrahedron is associated with fire, octahedron with air, hexahedron with earth, icosahedron with water and dodecahedron with heaven respectively.
Hugo Pastijn says
Dear Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli,
1. The title picture “Octahedron” is missing and replaced with ‘icosahedron’
2. I see only 5 x 12 = 60 variations of the 120 which are announced