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Proportion theory
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1. Introduction

Proportion in European cultures since antiquity has provided a universal measuring system for relating the part to the whole. It combines theoretical, objective, practical, symbolic, and representative aspects that concern philosophy, mathematics, and especially the visual arts [9]. The starting point is the human figure and its measurements. From the time of ancient Egypt through Greco-Roman antiquity to the early modern …

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Mai, Ekkehard, “Proportion theory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025978>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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