Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Michelange­lo used mathematic­s while painting: study

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LONDON: Italian sculptor and painter Michelange­lo used mathematic­s formulas while creating his world-famous painting “The Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, research shows. Michelange­lo used the Golden Ratio of 1.6.

“We believe that this discovery will bring a new dimension to the great work of Michelange­lo,” said lead study author Deivis de Campos in a paper that appeared in the journal Clinical Anatomy.

The Golden Ratio has been linked with greater structural efficiency and has puzzled scientists for centuries due to its frequent occurrence in nature. The findings suggest that the beauty and harmony found in the works of Michelange­lo may not be based solely on his anatomical knowledge.

“He likely knew that anatomical structures incorporat­ing the ‘Golden Ratio’ offer greater structural efficiency and, therefore, he used it to enhance the aesthetic quality of his works,” the authors said.

 ?? AFP ?? An exhibition of the photograph­ic reproducti­on of Michelange­lo’s Sistine Chapel.
AFP An exhibition of the photograph­ic reproducti­on of Michelange­lo’s Sistine Chapel.

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