Consistent with scholarly writing, I will cite all the sources used throughout lawsofcomposition.com. This page serves as a full bibliography and will be updated to include sources for recent posts. As a result, the content of this page will change frequently and increase over time, hopefully becoming a useful resource in and of itself. However, just because a source is listed here should in no way be interpreted as an endorsement of the book or article in question. For convenience, I have linked each source to Amazon.com or a journal where a copy of the book or article may be purchased, or, in some cases, viewed as a free PDF. As an Amazon Associate, Laws of Composition has monetized all links to books that are still available in print. You can visit the store here, or through the menu bar. If you wish to purchase any books that you are introduced to through my website, please do so there, or through its corresponding link. This comes at no additional cost to you, but it does give lawsofcomposition.com a percentage of the sale, making it an easy way to show your support.
Throughout my posts, I will adopt parenthetical citation that refers back to a source in this bibliography. Because this list may include multiple works by the same author, I will give each text an abbreviation of letters that correspond to its title, which appears in orange text following each listing. For example, I already have two works listed that were written by Jay Hambidge. These are Dynamic Symmetry in Composition and The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry. Their abbreviations are DSC and EDS, respectively. As a result, when I cite Hambidge in my posts, it will appear like this: (Hambidge, J. DSC, pg.#). This will save space, but also provide the necessary information to locate the cited content.
Aristides, Juliette. Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006. (CDA).
Atalay, Bülent. Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci. New York: Smithsonian Books, 2006. (MML).
Bellows, George. “What Dynamic Symmetry Means to Me.” The American Art Student 3, no. 3 (June 1921): 5-7. (WDSM).
Benjafield, John G. “The Golden Section and American Psychology, 1892-1938.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 46, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 52-71. (GSAP).
Bouleau, Charles. The Painter’s Secret Geometry: A Study of Composition in Art. London: Thames and Hudson, 1963. (PSG).
Brooker, Ryan. 2014. “Beyond the Golden Ratio: Composition as Human Perception” in Kitsch & Beauty: The Proceeding of the Representational Art Conference 2014, edited by Michael J. Pearce, 149-63. California: California Lutheran University. (BGR).
Dalí, Salvador. 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship. Translated by Haakon M. Chavelier. New York: Dover Publications, 1992. (50SMC).
Davis, Susan T., and John C. Jahnke. “Unity and the Golden Section: Rules for Aesthetic Choice?” The American Journal of Psychology 104, no. 2 (1991): 257-277. (UGS).
Fechner, Gustav Theodor. “Various Attempts to Establish a Basic Form of Beauty: Experimental Aesthetics, Golden Section, and Square.” Translated by Monika Niemann, Julia Quehl, and Holger Höge. Empirical Studies of the Arts 15, no. 2 (1997): 115-130. (VAEBF).
Godkewitsch, Michael. “The ‘Golden Section’: An Artifact of Stimulus Range and Measure of Preference.” The American Journal of Psychology 87, no. ½ (1974): 269-277. (GS).
Hambidge, Jay. Dynamic Symmetry in Composition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948. (DSC).
—————. The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry. New York: Dover Publications, 1967. (EDS).
Heath, Thomas L., trans., Dana Densmore, ed. Euclid’s Elements. Santa Fe: Green Lion Press, 2002. (EE).
Herz-Fischler, Roger. “The Home of Golden Numberism.” The Mathematical Intelligencer 27, no. 1 (Winter 2005): 69-71. (HGN).
Höge, Holger. “Fechner’s Experimental Asethetics and the Golden Section Hypothesis Today,” Empirical Studies of the Arts 13, no. 2 (January 1995): 131-148. (FEA).
Huntley, H.E., The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty. New York: Dover Publications, 1970. (DP).
Lhote, Andre. A Treatise on Landscape Painting.
Livio, Mario. The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number. New York: Broadway Books, 2002. (GR).
Markowsky, George. “Misconceptions about the Golden Ratio.” The College Mathematics Journal 23, no. 1 (January 1992): 2-19. (MGR).
McManus, I.C., Richard Cook, and Amy Hunt. “Beyond the Golden Section and Normative Aesthetics: Why Do Individuals Differ so Much in the Their Aesthetic Preference for Rectangles?” Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 4, no. 2 (2010): 113-126. (BGSNA).
Metzger, Wolfgang. Laws of Seeing. Translated by Lothar Spillmann, Steven Lehar, Mimsey Stromeyer, and Michael Wertheimer. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006. (LOS).
Von Wersin, Wolfgang. Das Buch vom Rechtech.
Important Texts: (see above for full citation).
Mössel, Ernst. Vom Geheimnis der Form und der Urform des Seins.
Von Wersin, Wolfgang. Das Buch von Rechteck.
Lhote, Andre. A Treatise on Landscape Painting.