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English translation: still think they could be compasses!

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07:17 May 31, 2001
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Italian term or phrase: compassi
Per prima cosa, Piero della Francesca intervenne sulla volta, completando con un aiuto gli ultimi due compassi, posti ai lati del costolone che parte dall’ angolo fra la parete di fondo e quella a sinistra.
Timothy Stroud
English translation:still think they could be compasses!
Explanation:
Try this site and see if there are any images to clear your ideas.
http://gallery.euroweb.hu/tours/arezzo/location.html

As I searched encountered a great many references to the use of the compass in art - so I do continue to think this may be a way of Piero making reference to the tools he preferred to use in his work, combining mathematics and art, as befits an architect.

Angela
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Angela Arnone
Local time: 19:30
Grading comment
I still haven't found a translation for the term and am beginning to doubt that one exists, however, thanks go to Angela for work done behind the scenes.
Tim Stroud
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
nastill think they could be compasses!
Angela Arnone
nastill think they could be compasses!
Angela Arnone
nacompasses
Angela Arnone
naPerhaps it would help if you were to tell us
CLS Lexi-tech


  

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11 mins
Perhaps it would help if you were to tell us


Explanation:
what work by Piero della Francesca is involved. There are many descriptions in English on the net.

saluti

Paola L M


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 13:30
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39 mins
compasses


Explanation:
As Paola says, if we know which building's fresco you refer to it might be easier, but I suspect that they really are compasses.
It's too lengthy to go into here but it was common to include tools of the trade in works of art, and Piero used the compass a great deal to achieve his geometrical perfection.
There are numerous websites if you need more information.
Angela



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Angela Arnone
Local time: 19:30
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 3602

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gianfranco
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5 hrs
still think they could be compasses!


Explanation:
Try this site and see if there are any images to clear your ideas.
http://gallery.euroweb.hu/tours/arezzo/location.html

As I searched encountered a great many references to the use of the compass in art - so I do continue to think this may be a way of Piero making reference to the tools he preferred to use in his work, combining mathematics and art, as befits an architect.

Angela


Angela Arnone
Local time: 19:30
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 3602
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5 hrs
still think they could be compasses!


Explanation:
Try this site and see if there are any images to clear your ideas.
http://gallery.euroweb.hu/tours/arezzo/location.html

As I searched encountered a great many references to the use of the compass in art - so I do continue to think this may be a way of Piero making reference to the tools he preferred to use in his work, combining mathematics and art, as befits an architect.

Angela


Angela Arnone
Local time: 19:30
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 3602
Grading comment
I still haven't found a translation for the term and am beginning to doubt that one exists, however, thanks go to Angela for work done behind the scenes.
Tim Stroud
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