Leonardo da Vinci's polyhedra  
This truncated icosahedron represented with "solid edges" is one of the illustrations of The Divine Proportion (Lucas Pacioli) 

Luca Pacioli's polyhedron  


marble and wooden polyhedra  
marble mosaic, Saint Mark's basilica in Venice

polyhedra engraved on wood in the church of Santa Maria of Organo in Verona  
Dürer's polyhedron  
With its 8 faces (2 equilateral triangles and 6 symmetric pentagons), this polyhedron is a truncated rhombohedron: first stretch a cube along one diagonal, then cut the two peaks so that the remaining solid is inscribed in a sphere.
 engraving Melencholia I  
Remark: At the top right of the engraving there is also a magic square of order 4 (4x4 boxes containing the integers from 1 to 16) with beautiful properties.

Many sums of four boxes are equal to 34=(1+2+3+...+15+16)/4 • the four lines, the four columns and the two diagonals • the four 2x2 squares of the corners and the one of the center • the vertices of three "big" squares: 16+13+1+4 3+8+14+9 2+12+15+5 • the vertices of four rectangles: 3+2+14+15 5+9+12+8 3+5+14+12 2+8+15+9 The sums of two boxes symmetrical with respect to the center have all the same value 17=34/2 And on the bottom line there is also the date of completion of the engraving (1514).  
a curious stone polyhedron  
There are two ways to build this polyhedron:

sculpture in a cemetery, Pays Basque (France)
 
polyhedral sundials  
 
polyhedra in M. C. Escher's work  
Reptiles 
Gravity  
Stars 
 
Waterfall 

Salvator Daly  
A shape of a regular dodecahedron appears in the decor of
Sacrament of the Last Supper. 
Corpus Hypercubus
(the "cross" is a net of the hypercube) 
along the streets  
along a 3fold axis  
Escher Museum  (The Hague  Netherlands)  stellate dodecahedra on fence (Great Synagogue  Paris) 
more polyhedral art: modern  architecture
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