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Accidental Renaissance: the photos that look like Italian paintings

Seen in The Guardian

An image of  has been noted for its beautiful composition – as has a picture of a grieving-yet-celebrating Frank Lampard. Can you name any of your own?

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The Fibonacci spiral has been placed on top of it to show just why its elements cohere so satisfyingly. Starting with one added to one, if you add each number in a series to the one preceding it you create the Fibonacci sequence, whose beautifully exponential growth can be transposed on to everything from the arrangements of petals in flowers to cauliflowers. Here, the violence spirals exponentially outward from the focal point of the fight up to the reddened face of the man at the top of the image; in another brawl image, at the top of this article, the spiral similarly flows around the image to the shiny-suited politico grappling in the middle.

Renaissance painters used this ‘Golden Ratio’ to arrange the elements in the most biologically pleasing – and therefore divinely anointed – order. Take Michelangelo’s depiction of Adam on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where the ratio helps place the crucial finger of God.

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The Creation of Adam, painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Photograph: goldennumber.net

Another example of ‘Accidental Renaissance’ is this Associated Press image of Frank Lampard suggested by Dan Sully.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding for Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ultra-orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding for Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: Oded Balilty/AP
Stephane Mbia of Sevilla FC celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Valencia CF and Sevilla FC at Estadi de Mestalla , 2014.
Stephane Mbia of Sevilla FC celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg match between Valencia CF and Sevilla FC at Estadi de Mestalla in 2014. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images
Oscar Pistorius rubs his eye in court in Pretoria, South Africa, 2014.  Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius rubs his eyes in court in Pretoria, South Africa, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/AP

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