How Leonardo da Vinci Used Sacred Geometry in Painting the Mona Lisa

There is strong evidence that supports Leonardo da Vinci’s use of Sacred Geometry, also known as the Golden Ratio or Golden Number, while creating the Mona Lisa.

Last spring, I learned about the use of the Golden Ratio when I took a painting workshop from the very accomplished painter, Michael Workman. Understanding the elements of scared geometry will help elevate and enhance your own artistic compositions.

Besides the Mona Lisa, the Golden Number 1.61803398874989… was used in the planning and construction of religious structures as well as for sacred spaces. Apparently, da Vinci methodically laid out his composition before he started to paint in order to align his model while using a camera obscura or camera lucida as suggested by David Hockney.

In the future, I plan to post an in-depth article on the subject of the Golden Ratio. Until then, I hope you enjoy this interesting look at the mysterious creation on the Mona Lisa where you will learn how to analyze da Vinci’s compositional process.

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About Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses.


  1. Lori, I’ve always found this fascinating. I love history anyway. Details like this really make you start thinking.

    • Hi Becky, what a treat to see you on my blog! I love history too and found all of this so interesting. The Golden Ration has really helped my own art…so much to learn!

      Lori :)

  2. Thank you for posting this very interesting article Lori – I studied this in art school years ago, fascinating topic and one very fun to explore in full :)

  3. Thank you very informative

  4. Austin H. says:

    Have you heard of a man by the name of Drunvalo Melchizedek? He teaches this kind of stuff .

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