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The Surprising Secret Behind Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Design


Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam (1512). Photo: via Wikimedia.

Source ArtNet News

Fans of the golden ratio have reason to rejoice. Recent evidence suggests that the great architect of the High Renaissance himself borrowed the technique.

According to a report in the medical journal Clinical Anatomy, Michelangelo relied on the special number to achieve harmony in his work. The scientists' research notes that this is especially true in "The Creation of Adam," the Daily Mail reports.

The Golden Ratio. Photo: via Wiley Online Library.

For context, the diagram above illustrates their theory: A is to Adam while B represents God and his cherubic minions. To verify their hypothesis, the scientists used Image-Pro Plus to measure the spatial relationships between points on the painting. As it turn outs, the distance between their fingers marks the divide between the golden ratio.

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