The Art of the GOLDEN RATIO

What do Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the Disney logo have in common? Both excite fans of the golden ratio. The golden ratio, or 1:1.618, is a mathematical proportion that some believe to be the secret to perfection in design. In geometry, architecture, and art, this unique number produces a balanced and visually pleasing composition. Once you start to notice the golden ratio, you’ll see it everywhere.

What Is the Golden Ratio?

The first recorded mention of the golden ratio in history dates back to 300 BCE. The Greek mathematician Euclid called it the “extreme and mean ratio.” Its actual value is 1.61803398874989484820 (›), pronounced fee or fie, after the Greek sculptor Phidias.

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