Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Week 2:Math+Art

In this weeks lesson, I have learned that mathematics influences art and science through the readings and lecture. For example, In the lecture notes I learned the roots of mathematics and how it came about in order to influence art and science. Professor Vesna explains in the lecture video how the great artist, Leonardo DaVinci, uses mathematics in his art by using pyramid lines, studies geometry perspective to use in his art to create a reality to see with the eyes. I actually just took an Modern Art history course last quarter and I learned all about Noe-classicism and how geometry shapes were used to create perspective and reality(three-dimensional figures or objects). For example, I learned about Piet Mondrian and all about his use of squares and geometric shapes to create his art in relation to mathematics influencing art and science.

In relation to  "The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art" by Henderson, L.Preview the document  he explains how those who subscribed to fourth-dimension art are those who were under cubism and worked to distrust visual reality and create total abstract works. An artist that came to mind was Pablo Picasso and his devotion to cubism and using geometrical shapes(squares/cubes) to create abstract figure/objects falling into the fourth-dimension. This falls into the passage, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott., and how he talks about how we are able to perceive things differently in other perspectives and expands our minds in what we can actually see.  We can inspect art works through a different perspective and dimension which creates the whole fourth dimension that helps with this topic and mathematics used to create art relating to art and science. Here, The girl with the mandolin, by Picasso shows how he uses cubism to show shapes to create art so it is in relation to using mathematics with art and science.
  I learned this week that learned this week that mathematics is used in more art than what we imagined, for example, in Leonardo DaVinci's painting of Vitruvian Man uses mathematics to show how art and science are related and intertwined within each other. Every artist uses mathematics in some sort of way using lines or shapes, that is all math using geometric shapes to create. In Math and Art:The Good, the bad, and the pretty , Annalisa Crannell explains how, "Most realistic art aims to depict a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional canvas." creating realistic images to the eyes with geometric shapes. Mathematics, art and science are intertwined to create art and it is all in the roots to start reality painting and it is in the arts whether you like it or not.

 Abbott, Edwin. “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. <>.

Henderson, Linda Dalrymple. “The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art: Conclusion.” Leonardo. 17.3 (1984): 205-210. Print.

Vesna, Victoria. “” Cole UC online. Youtube, 9 April 2012. Web. 11 Oct. 2012. <>


  1. Hey Christian! Nice post. That's awesome that you were able to integrate information from your past class in Modern Art History into what we are learning in this course. I really like your use of Picasso's artwork to demonstrate cubism - when I was reading about cubism it was a little hard for me to follow, and I had trouble envisioning what cubist artwork would look like. Now I know, thanks to your example! I also find your perspective on the fourth dimension interesting. Do you think there is really a "fourth dimension" beyond what we can see in the third dimension? Or is the fourth dimension simply a deeper way of thinking that happens when we examine or create artwork? These are some thoughts I had while reading about it. I think each person has a different perspective and experience.

  2. If you subscribe to string theory then there might be as many as eleven dimensions, but the other eight are very small, only significant at the subatomic level.
    -Jacob Hoffman