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Is design intuitive or is it consciously and methodically worked out? Are there basic rules governing design that, when learned, will facilitate the creative process? These questions have been asked by artists, art historians, and art critics throughout the ages.
Convinced that design was not purely instinctive, Jay Hambidge (1867–1924) spent much of his life searching for the technical bases of design. He found his answer in dynamic symmetry, one of the most provocative and stimulating theories in art history. Hambidge's study of Greek art convinced him that the secret of the beauty of Greek design was in the conscious use of dynamic symmetry—the law of natural design based upon the symmetry of growth in man and in plants. But Hambidge, who was not only a theoretician but also a practicing artist, did much more than analyze classical art and its principles of design: he worked out a series of root rectangles that the artist, using the simple mathematics supplied in this book, can easily follow and apply in his own work.
Originally published as a series of lessons in Hambidge's magazine, The Diagonal, this engrossing book explains all the basic principles of dynamic symmetry. Part I sets forth the fundamental rectangles with their simple divisions based on the proportioning law found in nature; Part II explains compound rectangles, many of which were taken from or suggested by analysis of objects of Greek art.
Whether read for its historical importance in art theory, for its illuminating insights into Greek art, or for its practical value to today's artists and commercial designers, The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry has much to offer anyone who is interested in the principle of design.
Dover republication of the third (1948) edition.
incredible knowledge! I'm taking away so much great info from this book. It will change how I plan art from now on.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for a reference in the study of symmetry for the artist or anyone just reviewing art work. There are many examples, more than I had expectedPublished 19 months ago by Martoni48
To others this book is easy to understand, for me it was a challenge. I have read several chapters at least once to understand it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Deb
This copy was purchased for a friend. I have had my copy for at least 30 years, and have used it for a serious
reference for the duration. Read more
Most interesting and refreshing to basically review basic math as it relates to art and its art forms, very suser friendlyPublished on August 23, 2013 by Robert Breton
This book is entirely theoretical on the issue of dynamic symmetry. And be warned, its manner is that of a geometry or mathematics treatise, not a discussion of the aesthetic... Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by OhYeah