A photograph of New Year’s Eve revellers in Manchester has become an internet sensation after hundreds of Twitter users discovered its serendipitous likeness to a classic artwork.
The image, captured by Joel Goodman of the Manchester Evening News, was shared by the BBC’s Roland Hughes who remarked that the picture was “like a beautiful painting.”
Some Twitter users even placed the Fibonacci spiral on top to show why the picture appears so agreeable.
So much going on this pic of New Year in Manchester by the Evening News. Like a beautiful painting. pic.twitter.com/szKKRM4U4i— Roland Hughes (@hughesroland) January 1, 2016
The Fibonacci sequence, devised by Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci, is an numerical arrangement in which each number is the sum of the two that proceed it.
The sequence’s growth factor can be applied to many naturally occurring features such as the centre of a sunflower, pine cones and shells.
Renaissance painters used this “Golden Ratio” to position the components of their work in the most in the most aesthetically pleasing way.
Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam famously uses the ratio to place the finger of God in exactly to right place, which coincidentally has been compared to the Manchester night life scene.
Accidental Renaissance paintings
Accidental Renaissance paintings
1/5 Frank Lampard celebrating goal
This picture of Frank Lampard celebrating as he scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final in 2008 has been compared on Twitter to a Renaissance painting.
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2/5 Ukrainian parliament brawl
The Fibonacci spiral – used by Renaissance artists to make their work aesthetically pleasing - has been found to fit many of the pictures taken of a brawl in Ukraine’s parliament during a debate prior to a vote in the country’s budget for 2014.
3/5 Oscar Pistorius awaits court proceedings
The lighting on Oscar Pistorius as he awaits his trail at the Pretoria Magistrates court in 2013 gave a painterly feel to the proceedings.
4/5 Balotelli Anderson clash
This image of a clash between Mario Balotelli and Anderson after the FA Cup Semi-Final match in 2011 has been compared on Twitter to Caravaggio's Taking of the Christ.
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5/5 Donald Trump taunts Jeb Bush at presidency debate
The Fibonacci spiral has been layered on top of this picture of Donald Trump and Jeb Bush at a Republican presidential debate in 2015.
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Dubbed as “accidental Renaissance”, the Golden Ratio can be uncannily applied to many moments captured through the modern photographer’s lens.
The Fibonacci sequence has previously been laid on to many of the pictures taken of a brawl in Ukraine’s parliament during a debate prior to a vote in the country’s budget for 2014.
Pictures of footballers on the pitch have also been seen as surprisingly painterly, with an image of Mario Balotelli and members of his former team compared to a Caravaggio's Taking of the Christ.
Another renaissance painting is this picture of Lampard after he scored following the death of his mum. pic.twitter.com/EVc5etb9x8— Dan Sully (@dan_sully) August 6, 2014
One imgur user has applied the Golden Spiral to a picture of Donald Trump at the Republican presidential candidate debates.
Even popular logos have had a slice of the artistic action. As part of his project Swoosh Art, art director Davide Bedoni has pasted Nike symbols into some recognizable paintings, which slot in with remarkable ease to the iconic canvases.