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The Golden Ratio & Fibonacci Spiral in Art

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Something I have been curious about: The relationship of my photography and the Golden Ratio or Fibonacci Spiral. I have never studied about this and just decided to overlay the Spiral on some of my images...surprising the result! Click to See the Overlays:

Here is the overlay for you to download and layer over your images and see how your work applies in this interesting concept:


Salvador Dali­ explicitly used the golden ratio in his masterpiece, The Sacrament of the Last Supper. The dimensions of the canvas are a golden rectangle. A huge dodecahedron, with edges in golden ratio to one another, is suspended above and behind Jesus and dominates the composition.

Mondrian used the golden section extensively in his geometrical paintings.


The modern history of the golden ratio starts with Luca Pacioli's Divina Proportione of 1509, which captured the imagination of artists, architects, scientists, and mystics with the properties, mathematical and otherwise, of the golden ratio. Beginning in the Renaissance, a body of literature on the aesthetics of the golden ratio has developed. As a result, architects, artists, book designers, and others have been encouraged to use the golden ratio in the dimensional relationships of their works.

The mathematics of the golden ratio and of the Fibonacci sequence are intimately interconnected. The Fibonacci sequence is: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, ...

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9 responses

  • Pinto NH

    Pinto NH gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    I like it!

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    This is very interesting!

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    Great story and explanation of this often elusive design element!

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (10 Jul 2009):

    great work. totally interesting text. photos are beautiful.

  • Christina Atik

    Christina Atik gave props (11 Jul 2009):

    love ur story! amazing pictures too

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (13 Jul 2009):

    Startling! Great Story and images, thanks for explaining

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (3 Dec 2009):

    Great story and the images are wonderful.

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Such an interesting approach. Thank you for publishing this story

  • Francesco Sisso

    Francesco Sisso gave props (19 Jul 2010):

    great story... thank you! voted it too

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