Three Spanish Figures United in the Ancient Greek Concept of Beauty
The philosophers in ancient Greece considered the spiral the form that best illustrated perfect harmony. Mathematically this was proved by Archimedes in the third century BC in one of the many forms the spiral can be executed: the arithmetic spiral. However, in nature many other kinds of spirals can be found.
Within the spiral in the painting, there are three figures, representing three great Spanish painters who lived and worked in the twentieth century using other mathematical forms in their works. Here the spiral is formed by a cube, a circle and a rhinoceros horn, which were used by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, respectively, to express their particular view of beauty and perfect harmony.