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A member of a family of silk merchants, Manetti was vicar, and he also held a number of high elective offices in the government of Florence. Because of his prominence and his knowledge of the arts and architecture, Manetti was selected as one of the judges in the competition for the design of the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore in 1490 (the original facade of the cathedral of Florence, begun by Arnolfo di Cambio, was never finished, and it was demolished in 1588).
Manetti had a wide range of interests, and, therefore, he has been variously described by historians as a mathematician, astronomer, architect, copyist, neoplatonic writer, Dante scholar, and artist.
Manetti is best known through the dedications and tributes of his more famous contemporaries. In The Lives of the Artists Vasari informs us that Paolo Uccello, obsessed with the artificial perspective invented by Brunelleschi, held long discussions on the subject of Euclidean geometry with Manetti. Uccello included Manetti among the five prominent Florentines whose portraits he kept in his house "to preserve their memory." Manetti represented achievement in mathematics. The others included Brunelleschi for achievement in architecture, Giotto for painting, Donatello for sculpture, and Uccello himself for perspective and animal painting.
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