Afternoon Salon

Sacred Geometry: The Search for Perfection

The Annunciation, c.1500
Francesco Bissolo
Italian, 1470/72-1554
Oil on panel, transferred to canvas
43-3/4 x 39-1/2 in. (111.1 x 100.3 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.2004.2.P
© 2014 Norton Simon Art Foundation

Sacred Geometry: The Search for Perfection

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Speaker: Educator
Type: Afternoon Salon

Learn about the geometric principles that have been used by artists throughout the world to create sacred and secular art. Artists who created Buddhist imagery relied on manuals that specified the proper proportions ensuring that an image of the Buddha was equal in size to the Buddha himself. Similarly, artists working during the Renaissance utilized mathematical ratios, dating to antiquity, to inform their compositions.


Meets in Entrance Gallery | The program is free with admission and limited to 20 participants. | Please sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to each session.