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Beauty Memory Unity: A Theory of Proportion in Design
Newberry Library
Chicago, IL
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Apr 02, 2020 5:30 PM

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Beauty Memory Unity: A Theory of Proportion in Design
Architect Steve Bass presents a view of the proportional idea based in the ancient philosophical systems of Pythagoras, Plato and later Neo-Platonists.  In this view number and geometry, the substance of proportion, are endowed with qualitative, harmonic, life-like properties. These ideas are then linked to numerical and geometrical methods of application: the methods used to describe the elements of classical architecture in reference literature such as Vitruvius, Vignola and Palladio. A central theme is the philosophical nature of beauty as a form of the good, beautys relation to proportion and its significance in classical art. Such a view of beauty not only fully justifies the study of the classical elements today but could even provide a pathway out of the alienation, anxiety and intentional ugliness of modernism.


Newberry Library (View)
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL 60610
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Chicago Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
On BPT Since: Oct 31, 2012
Chicago Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

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