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Albrecht Dürer magic square

May 27, 2010
magic square in Melencolia I

magic square in Melencolia I

Albrecht Dürer magic square

A magic square is a matrix where all the rows, all the columns, and the diagonals add up to the same number.

Albrecht Dürer appeared to achieve the impossible. Not only did all the rows, the columns and the diagonals add up to 34, the four quadrants, the centre square and even the four corner squares, all add up to 34! Not only that, he managed to embed the date 1514, the date Melencolia I was completed, the engraving in which the magic square was hidden!

Magic squares were created by mathematicians in India and Egypt four thousand years ago.

Melencolia I is part of the Rosenwald Collection in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Albrecht Dürer was the ultimate Renaissance Man – artist, philosopher, alchemist.

The magic square in Melencolia I forms part of the plot in The Lost Symbol (2009) by Dan Brown.


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