Surveying Instrument by Grazia de' Castellani

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Grazia de’Castellani

Historic Period

c. 1400


Described by the Abachist and Augustinian monk Grazia de' Castellani, the instrument is composed of two vertical perches (poles) 3 braccia high attached at right angles to a horizontal perch 4 braccia long. The perch facing the observer bears a sight, while the opposite one has several holes or other reference points to mark the intersection point of the visual ray. The instrument operates like the vertical verge, the geometric quadrant, and the board of D. da Chivasso.

Bibliographical Resources

Castellani, Grazia de’. Chasi sopra chompagnie: dal codice Palatino 573 della Biblioteca nazionale di Firenze. A cura e con introduzione di Marisa Pancanti. Siena, Servizio editoriale dell'università, 1984, 2.
Domenico da Chivasso. Practica geometriae, Firenze, Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana, San Marco 215.


Author of the entry: Filippo Camerota

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