P164 – Research Point – The Golden Section

This is a research piece I did for my OCA Drawing 1 course.

The Milkman Goes To College

Find out about the golden section. Find at least six examples by a range of artists and look at how they have used the golden section in the composition of their pictures.

First the maths bit! (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The figure illustrates the geometric relationship. Expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b > 0,

 frac{a+b}{a} = frac{a}{b}  stackrel{text{def}}{=} varphi,

where the Greek letter phi (φ) represents the golden ratio. Its value is:

varphi = frac{1+sqrt{5}}{2} = 1.6180339887ldots.

The golden ratio is also called the golden section (Latin: sectio aurea) or golden mean.

GoldenRectanglesA golden rectangle with longer side a and shorter side b, when placed adjacent to a square with sides of length a, will produce a similar golden rectangle with longer side a + b and shorter side a. This illustrates the…

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