Example - proportion People didn't know more math than we...

Info icon This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Example: If seven bracci (1/3 person's height or about 23") of cloth are worth nine lire; how much will five bracci of cloth be worth? Solution: The thing we want to know about is: 5 bracci of cloth. The thing dissimilar to it is: 9 lire The remaining thing is: 7 bracci of cloth. So: (5 bracci) x (9 lire) / (7 bracci) = 6 3/7 lire The units are lire, because lire are dissimilar to bracci, the units in the thing we wanted to know about. Skills in Proportion Affected the Way People Saw Pictures So what does ability to solve proportions have to do with art? Baxandall claims that the skills used to solve exchange problems were the same used for the making or seeing of pictures. He makes the following points: 1. Renaissance education placed exceptional value on a few math skills, like
Image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: proportion. People didn't know more math than we do, but they knew it absolutely; it was a relatively larger part of their intellectual equipment. 2. The math skills used by merchants were the same as those used by the painter. 3. The status of these skills in his society was an encouragement to the painter to assert them in his pictures. 4. Because merchants were practiced in manipulating ratios, they were sensitive to pictures carrying the marks of similar processes. It was a small step from the proportions of a currency exchange to the proportion of a physical body, such as the cup and the fish in the slide, to the proportions of a man's head, as done by Leonardo in this sketch from his notebooks, or by Piero in his Flagellation ....
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern