Early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca was also an accomplished mathematician, and his book on polyhedra, De quinque corporibus regularibus (new Wikipedia article has an interesting history that deserves to be better known. Rediscovery of the mathematics of Archimedes! "First full-blown case of plagiarism in the history of mathematics" (by Luca Pacioli, in Divina proportione)! Maybe owned by John Dee! Long lost and found centuries later in the Vatican Library!

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