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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  1. Becky Joy March 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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

    • Lori McNee March 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      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. alex colombo April 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    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 🙂

    • Lori McNee April 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

      So glad you enjoyed this post Alex. I never learned this ‘stuff’ in art school, and it has really been helpful to know.


  3. Elena Yakubovich May 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Thank you very informative

    • Lori McNee May 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      You are so very welcome Elena!

      🙂 Lori

  4. Austin H. January 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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

    • Lori McNee February 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I haven’t heard of him, but will look him up. Thanks!

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