Research reveals that Michelangelo, to draw the characters of Judgment, he used the mathematical proportions of the golden section
Mathematicians call the golden ratio. Or, more poetically, divine proportion. It is a quantity that represents the ratio of two different lengths, so that the greater length divided by the smaller is equal to the total length divided by the greater length. According to the results of a study just published in Clinical Anatomy, even the great Michelangelo Buonarroti was aware. The study authors, the Universidade Federal da Saude de Porto Alegre and other Brazilian universities, coordinated by Deivis De Campos, have shown that “Michelangelo wrote the Creation of Adam [one of the frescoes decorating the Sistine Chapel ceiling, nda ] using the golden ratio “. This, according to the authors, the secret of the wonderful harmony between the parties that makes it so unbalanced and balanced the fresco.
In fact, the golden section was already known and used for some time in the field of art and architecture: the pyramid of Cheops, for example, has a ratio of semilato and a height of just 1.6229, very close to the value section gold (which is worth about 1,618), although it is unclear whether its builders were aware.
To return to Michelangelo, research supposed that “the beauty and harmony is recognized in all the artist’s works can not be based only on their knowledge of human anatomical proportions, but also to the fact that Michelangelo knew that the anatomical structures are compliant the authors of the golden section have more structural efficiency “.
To find out, the scientists used a software to analyze the painting, measuring the distances between the elements and calculating the relative proportions between the anatomical details. One of the points taken into consideration, for example, is in the middle between the finger of God and that of Adam, which ideally divides the painting into two parts whose ratio is equal to the golden ratio. Or, in other words, God is going to Adam as God that Adam is God. Similarly, the authors found that the whole creation of Adam divides the Sistine Chapel ceiling in two parts whose proportions are the golden ratio. A bit ‘too much, perhaps, for a mere coincidence