Drawing Class

Drawing God, Part 2: Sacred Geometries in Renaissance Art

Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502-03
Raffaello Sanzio also called Raphael
Italian, 1483-1520
Oil on panel
21-3/4 x 15-3/4 in. (55.2 x 40 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

Drawing God, Part 2: Sacred Geometries in Renaissance Art

Date: Friday, May 09, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Teacher: Cole Case
Type: Drawing Class

Artist Cole Case introduces students to the use of sacred geometry in Tibetan Buddhist deity paintings, as seen in the In the Land of Snow exhibition. Also discussed is the use of sacred/idealized geometries in the art of the Renaissance.

The portrayal of sacred figures during the Renaissance parallels the use of sacred geometries in ancient Himalayan Buddhist art. In this session, students look at the Norton Simon‘s outstanding European art collection, particularly Raphael‘s Madonna and Child with Book, to analyze how mathematical proportions were critical to the representation of religious figures in the visual arts.


Meets in Entrance Gallery | All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members), and space is limited to 18 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included. | Online registration is required. For further information, contact the Education Department at (626) 844-6980.