Large-Scale Analysis of Art Proportions

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While literature often tries to impute mathematical constants into art, this large-scale study (11 databases of paintings and photos, around 200.000 items) shows a different truth. The analysis, consisting of the width/height proportions, shows a value of rarely if ever one (square) and with majority of images having a proportion larger than one, but less than e.g. the golden ratio. Furthermore, more images have the inversed proportion, meaning that portrait paintings are more common than landscape paintings. The inverse is true for photographs, i.e. more landscape than portrait format photographs has been found in the databases.
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While literature often tries to impute mathematical constants into art, this large-scale study (11 databases of paintings and photos, around 200.000 items) shows a different truth. The analysis, consisting of the width/height proportions, shows a value of rarely if ever one (square) and with majority of images having a proportion larger than one, but less than e.g. the golden ratio. Furthermore, more images have the inversed proportion, meaning that portrait paintings are more common than landscape paintings. The inverse is true for photographs, i.e. more landscape than portrait format photographs has been found in the databases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArts and Technology : Fourth International Conference, ArtsIT 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, November 10-12, 2014, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAnthony Lewis Brooks, Elif Ayiter, Onur Yazicigil
Number of pages7
PublisherSpringer
Publication date21 Apr 2015
Pages137-143
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-18835-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-18836-2
DOI
StatePublished - 21 Apr 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event4th International Conference on Arts and Technology, ArtsIT 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 10 Nov 201412 Nov 2014

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Arts and Technology, ArtsIT 2014
LandTurkey
ByIstanbul
Periode10/11/201412/11/2014
SeriesLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume145
ISSN1867-8211

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