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Unformatted text preview: April Stamm April 9, 2008 Journal - Art Ideal is way more than “perfect” or “flawless,” it is the idea that the things are perfected on a level that is not only aesthetically appealing but also mathematically and anatomically proportioned. The perfection comes from a shift back to the classical art in form. As we talked about before the forms of figures went through an arc from the realistic form of the classical artists through a period in which figure does not matter and is represented by either shapelessness or in the case of the Jamb figures, a simplistic stick shaping. The architecture of the era represents a mixture of classical elements into the more current structures. The example on page 236 of Gardner shows the façade of the Gothic Church of Santa Maria Novella. The numerical ratios that Leon Battista Alberti incorporated into his design for this amazing façade are truly mind blowing; specifically the use of numerical ratios used to define space. On the façade alone the height at the tallest point shares a 1:1 ratio with the used to define space....
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- Spring '08
- Leonardo Da Vinci, Leonardo DaVinci, Leon Battista Alberti, Santa Maria Novella