This is a question Professor Mark Elliott from National University of Ireland (Galway) will try to answer in his Lecture on 24th August, at the Don Orione Foundation in Venice.

An experimental psychologist and measurement scientist, with a background in general psychology and cognitive science, Prof. Elliott will explain what is special about the Golden Section for the aesthetic appreciation of visual composition.

The ‘Golden Section’ (‘Golden Mean’ or ‘Ratio’) refers to a particular ratio between two independent stimulus parameters. For several centuries this ratio has been held to possess particular aesthetic appeal, and although supported by some this idea is also disputed by a number of studies in experimental aesthetics.

An interesting lecture that will clarify why, whilst there is the first behavioural evidence indicating golden sectioning to be of cognitive relevance, irrespective to its aesthetic appeal, it should remain a matter for further research.