The Ogee and the Human Form

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While the ogee has an important role to play in architecture and design, its importance in our perception of what constitutes true beauty is perhaps less well known.

As in architecture, the Golden Mean or Golden Ratio is all important; human beings tend to respond more favourably to people whose faces and bodies conform to the ratio of 1.618:1 which is also represented by Phi or the symbol Φ.

 

 


human form1While the ogee has an important role to play in architecture and design, its importance in our perception of what constitutes true beauty is perhaps less well known.

As in architecture, the Golden Mean or Golden Ratio is all important; human beings tend to respond more favourably to people whose faces and bodies conform to the ratio of 1.618:1 which is also represented by Phi or the symbol Φ.

While there are obviously cultural differences (which physical attributes are considered beautiful in the Ukraine, for instance, will not necessarily be similarly appreciated in Angola or South Korea), the actual ideal proportion of the face and body remains constant throughout the world. Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man brilliantly demonstrates this dream human shape.

The Ogee is, in many ways, the equivalent of Plato’s concept of universal forms, the ideal from which all earthly creations must be judged – and frequently found lacking.

At Estomar91 we find that Italian architecture and design best represents the perfection suggested by the ogee, which is one of the reasons that we named this magazine after it.