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Science Literacy Week September 19 - 25, 2022

The Role of Math in the History and Production of Art

Math and art have been intertwined in thousands of years. Many artists use mathematics in the creation of their art, and mathematicians have likewise been inspired by art, be it painting, sculpture, digital art or the creation of textiles. While some may be familiar with the more well-known connections between the disciplines (such as the mathematical study of proportions made famous in Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man) there are other, lesser known links to be found, including tessellations, grid theory, and fractal dimensions!

Image of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

Image: Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci retrieved from Wikimedia Commons

Exhibitions Catalogues

Explore how artists have incorporated a wide range of mathematical concepts in the artwork they produce! Exhibition catalogues provide a record of the artistic items displayed in a show at a museum or gallery. Below are a selection of exhibitions catalogues from artists inspired by mathematical concepts.

Geometry in Art

Geometry, a field concerned with the study of distance, shape, lines and angles, has long been utilized by artists to create, problem-solve, and guide the production of art! Discover the parallels and connections between geometry and art, which can be found in the selection of materials below.