Proportion: Thinking Logarithmically

Sometime around 15 BC, Roman architect Vitruvius wrote De Architectura, a book extensively detailing the Roman style of architecture and how to plan and design buildings. He notes that the human body is the primary source of proportion for buildings in the Classical order of architecture. The famous Vetruvian Man, drawn by Leonardo da Vinci around 1490, […]

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Form of Beauty

Plato theorizes an idea of universal forms, or abstract things that are unchanging and are constant in relation to the variable, sensible world that we experience daily. These forms are intangible, only existing within the mind, but they constitute the reality of everything. For example, there can be a form of beauty, meaning that there […]

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The Lifespan of Wonders

Sometime around the fourth century BC, Hellenistic travelers, having access to many lands then conquered by Greece, documented their travels and listed sites worthy of praise and high regard. Of all that were listed, roughly seven sites, or “wonders” (from the word “thaumata” or θαύματα) received the most attention by these travelers, which are as follows: Great Pyramid […]

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Making a Mark in Society: Graffiti as Counterculture

Director Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant produced the documentary Style Wars (1983), detailing the hip hop culture in early 1980s New York City. The film specifically emphasizes graffiti, or bombing, as an artistic expression of urban youth living in a rough social landscape marked by poor civil planning, financial crises, and limited platforms of addressing social […]

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Sergei Eisenstein: Japanese Influence in Russian Cinema

It appears difficult to draw similarities between the Japanese language and arts with classical Russian cinema, but there is one significant person who combines these two seemingly opposite cultural art forms: Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein. As a Soviet montage theorist and filmmaker, Eisenstein traveled to Japan and studied their culture. He draws upon kabuki theater tradition, drawing style, and haiku […]

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