History of the Golden Circle

The art world has felt the influence of the Golden Ratio for centuries. Also known as the Golden Section or the Divine Proportion, this mathematical principle is an expression of the ratio of two sums whereby their ratio is equal to the larger of the two quantities.

Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper (1494-99). Image: Wikipedia.

Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper (1494-99). Image: Wikipedia.

During the Renaissance, painter and draftsman Leonardo Da Vinci used the proportions set forth by the Golden Ratio to construct his masterpieces. Sandro Botticelli, Michaelangelo, Georges Seurat, and others appear to have employed this technique in their artwork.

Gary Meisner on the Golden Number blog has mapped the geometric underpinnings of select paintings via software, which can be seen below:

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (1483-85). Image: Wikipedia.

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (1483-85). Image: Wikipedia.

Image: Gary Meisner, thegoldennumber.net.

Image: Gary Meisner, thegoldennumber.net.

Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam (1508-12). Image: Wikipedia.

Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam