Cosmati Pavements: The Art of Geometry

Tristram de Piro
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 369–376


This paper considers some pavement designs of the group of artists known as “The Cosmati”. We argue that their designs are primarily concerned with conveying the aesthetic of beauty, and yet still have deep implications in the study of geometry. We suggest that this subtle synthesis of form and functionality is essential to the subject of geometry, not merely as an analytical discipline, but as an evolving understanding of space and line.