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Charting the shape of 65,000 works of art

Charting the shape of 65,000 works of art

James Davenport of the blog If We Assume used the metadata from the Tate Collection in London to graph the dimensions of every (non-sculpture) piece of art that the Tate owns – roughly 65,000 pieces of artwork. Davenport’s analysis shows that 4-meter by 3-meter pieces are especially popular in the collection, that more pieces are tall than wide, and that many artists use the so-called “Golden Ratio” of 1:1.681 for their frame. The image above graphs art up to 3 meters by 3 meters, with each piece in the Tate Collection represented as a thin wire box.

Ana Swanson | February 17, 2015 at 11:48 am
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