On Human Proportions and Architecture

21 Feb

Reading a book on basics of composition.

I’ve always known that when the ancient Greeks built their temples, like Acropolis, they took into account the imperfection of human eyesight and built columns of different width: the ones in the middle were not the same width as the ones on the sides. That way our eye actually sees them all equal (weird, huh?).

What I didn’t know was that those ancient Greeks believed that human body should be used as the basis for all man-made proportions. Sounds confusing? Example: a human foot is one sixth of a human height. And that’s how the Greeks decided on the width vs. height of their columns!

And they do look good, don’t they?..


Unfortunately, I don’t remember which Greek temple this is; this photo was taken soooo many years ago…


2 Responses to “On Human Proportions and Architecture”

  1. Artist in LA LA Land February 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Cool to know. This is a great photo of the Greek ruins.

    • Tanya Littleberry February 23, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      thanks 🙂
      my mom took it – that’s me over there in shorts 🙂

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