The Golden Section

We’ve been exploring the Golden Section (also known as the Golden Ratio or Fibonacci Sequence, or by many other names …) and its proportions in art, so I’ve done a bit of research and thought I’d share, as it’s all quite fascinating. It’s been used in art (Leonardo da Vinci is one of the many names that comes to mind) and architecture through the ages, and is to be found in many instances in nature as well.

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“The easiest way to picture the Golden Ratio is by looking at a rectangle with a width of 1, and a length of 1.168… . If you were to draw a line in this plane so that one square and one rectangle resulted, the square’s sides would have the ratio of 1:1. And the “leftover” rectangle? It would be exactly proportionate to the original rectangle: 1:1.618. You could draw another line in this smaller rectangle, again leaving a square and a rectangle whose proportions were 1:1.618. You can keep doing this until you’re left with an indecipherable blob; the ratio continues on in a downward pattern regardless.” (Esaak)

Here’s an image of the Golden Spiral, just click on the image below for more information on it:

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If you need a handy little tool that will work out the proportions for you (I most certainly do!), here’s a handy one online: Golden Section Calculator

And finally, here’s a cool video to watch for more information – Composition for Artists, Rule of Thirds and Golden Ratio:

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SOURCES

ESAAK, S. Golden Ratio. [Online] Available from:
http://arthistory.about.com/cs/glossaries/g/g_golden_ratio.htm.
[Accessed: 17th March 2015].

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