The Ponte Delle Torri, Spoleto (c.1840-1845) by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Yes, he painted this Roman bridge and aqueduct for its indisputable beauty, but I do suspect also for its engineering excellency. 80 meters high, 200 meter long piece of still standing architecture, which, very conveniently, served two purposes at once: transporting water from the nearby mountains and throwing Christians from it.
Piero della Francesca (1415–1492) in Arezzo. One of the first great humanists among artists, and the very first who composed (I was told by Ewa Jalochowska) his frescoes strictly to the rules of mathematics. Plus he had this documentary bias…
Fra’ Filippo Lippi (1406-1469), a monk who painted women even too well. He died while working on Scenes of the Life of the Virgin Mary in the Spoleto Cathedral, poisoned by either relatives of his beloved Lucrezia Buti or a mysterious lady whose affection he did’t seem to reciprocate – or he simply died just like that.
An ancient fable of a wise man who spoke to birds and wolves hijacked by the Holy Church – and converted into the story of the Saint Francis of Assisi. But who cares about legal rights when exposed to such meteorology.
This is a personal website of Karol Jalochowski, a science journalist, reporter, and documentary film maker of POLITYKA weekly (supported by CQT/NUS).