Klaus E. Werner, Sven Dupre

Other involved Scholars: 

Andreas Thielemann†, A. Mark Smith, Klaus Bergdolt

Cooperation Partners: 

Biblioteca Hertziana


Opticae thesaurus: Alhazeni Arabis libri septem, nuncprimum editi; Eiusdem liber De Crepusculis et nubium ascensionibus, Item Vitellonis Thuringopoloni libri X.

In collaboration with the Biblioteca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History) in Rome this research project developed a digital platform [Perspectiva+] for the history of optics and its various appropriations in the decorative and visual arts from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. Taking as a starting point artists’ reception and appropriation of Alhacen’s De aspectibus, the treatise that shaped the science of optics from the eleventh century onwards, the digital platform integrates Latin manuscripts, printed editions, and translations of Alhacen’s treatise with historical and modern comments in the manner of a virtual workbench, enabling interdisciplinary research and collaboration for and between historians of science and art historians.


  • Smith, Mark (ed. and trans.): Alhacen's Theory of Visual Perception: A Critical Edition, with English Translation and Commentary, of the First Three Books of Alhacens De aspectibus, the Medieval Latin Version of Ibn al-Haythams Kitab al-Manazir, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 92.4-5, Philadelphia, 2001.
  • Bergdolt, Klaus: Der Dritte Kommentar Lorenzo Ghibertis, VCH, Weinheim 1989.