Lecture explores intersection of math and art
Date of Event: September 12, 2011
Posted: September 2, 2011
GRANVILLE, Ohio—Perspective in painting is based on mathematical formulas that enable the artist to portray three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. The mathematics behind these principles will be explored in a lecture by Annalisa Crannell, professor of mathematics at Franklin and Marshall College. The lecture, titled “Math and Art: The Good, the Bad and the Pretty,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in the auditorium of Herrick Hall (500 West Loop). The lecture, sponsored by the Gordon Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
Crannell will discuss the mathematics behind perspective paintings, which starts with simple rules and leads to puzzles. She also will examine the use of vanishing points, the difference between 1-point and 3-point perspective, and why vacation pictures don’t look as good as the real thing.
CALENDAR LISTING, Denison University, Granville— Lecture: “Math and Art: The Good, the Bad and the Pretty,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in the auditorium of Herrick Hall (500 West Loop). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dee Ghiloni at 740-587-6259 or visit www.denison.edu.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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