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The Divina Proportione Luca published the Divina proportione in 1509. He wrote it in the Italian vernacular, as urged by Alberti. In it he refers to the golden ratio "dal ciel mandata" - heaven- sent. Why does he call the golden ratio divine ? 1. Like God, it is unique. 2. As the Trinity is one substance in three persons, the divine proportion is a single proportion in three terms. 3. As God cannot be described in words, the divine proportion cannot be expressed by a rational number. It is occult and secret ( secretissima scientia) . 4. Like God it is always similar to itself. So after centuries of oral transmission, the golden ratio is finally pinned down in writing. And what happened? Everyone seemed to lose interest in it. According to Bouleau, "Perhaps the turning of a bright light upon old secrets is the annunciation of their death. In fact, it marked the beginning of the decline. The divine proportion had lost its magical attraction ... " Lettering The second main topic in his De divina Proportione was classical Roman lettering. It
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