ATG Quirkies: Whence the Rectangle? How We Got Rectangular Books and Art

by | Mar 20, 2019 | 0 comments

Rectangle after Rectangle by Amy Knight Powell not only tells the story of why the rectangle has been the dominate format “in a certain tradition of picture making,” it points to why that dominance “extends well beyond the medium of painting.”


Ms. Powell traces the pre-eminence of the rectangle in what she calls “three episodes” from history: the “triumph of the rectilinear codex,” “the Renaissance squares the Gothic,” and “The cubist oval.”

Obviously we don’t have enough space to describe all of these “episodes” in detail so we’ll leave to you to check out Ms. Powell’s post.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)



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