Da Vinci's Code

Professor Christopher Witcombe, Art History


CONTENTS & SCHEDULE RESOURCES

Sacred Geometry and Proportions

GUEST LECTURER: Professor Stephen R. Wassell (Dept. of Mathematical Sciences)

READING & RESEARCH

REQUIRED READING
Rudolf Wittkower
Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism, [1971] 1998

Ratios and Proportions

    The Golden Section Winter 2002 Special Issue of the Nexus Network Journal, Guest Editor, Stephen R. Wassell

    The Golden Section

    RECOMMENDED READING
    Lionel March, Architectonics of Humanism: Essays on Numbers in Architecture, 1998
    SWEET BRIAR LIBRARY: NA 2760 .M35 1998

    RECOMMENDED READING
    Mario Livio, The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number, 2003
    SWEET BRIAR LIBRARY: QA466 .H85 1970

    RECOMMENDED READING
    H. E. Huntley, The Divine Proportion, 1970
    SWEET BRIAR LIBRARY: QA466 .H85 1970

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Musical Proportions and Harmony
    RECOMMENDED READING
    Joscelyn Godwin, Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde, 1995

    RECOMMENDED READING
    Joscelyn Godwin, The Harmony of the Spheres: A Sourcebook of the Pythagorean Tradition in Music, 1993

    "Renaissance artists," writes Rudolf Wittkower, Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism [page 27], "firmly adhered to the Pythagorean concept 'All is Number' and, guided by Plato and the Neo-Platonists and supported by a long chain of theologians from Augustine onwards, they were convinced of the mathematical and harmonic structure of the universe and all creation."

    "If the laws of harmonic numbers pervade everything from the celestial spheres to the most humble life on earth, then our very souls must conform to this harmony. It is according to Alberti [i.e. Leon Battista Alberti], an inborn sense that makes us aware of harmony; he maintains, in other words, that the perception of harmony through the senses is possible by virtue of the affinity of our souls."

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Sacred Geometry
    RECOMMENDED READING
    Robert Lawlor, Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice, 1989

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Further Reading


Roy Howar
Debussy in Proportion: A Musical Analysis, 1990


Moustafa Gadalla
Egyptian Harmony: The Visual Music, 2000


Garth E. Runion
Golden Section, 1990


Hans Walser
The Golden Section, 2001


Roger Herz-Fischler
A Mathematical History of the Golden Number, 1998
SWEET BRIAR LIBRARY
QA 481 .H47 1998


Matila Ghyka
The Geometry of Art and Life, 1977


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