Michelangelo used ‘Golden Ratio’ in 'The Creation of Adam'

July 21, 2015 09:57 pm | Updated 09:57 pm IST - London:

Italian sculptor and painter Michelangelo used mathematics while creating his world-famous painting The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City, shows research.

Michelangelo used the “Golden Ratio” of 1.6, found when you divide a line into two so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.

“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 owing to its frequent occurrence in nature — for example, in snail shells and flower petals.

The “Golden Ratio” can also be found in a variety of works by architects and designers and in famous musical compositions.

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.

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