The Arts and Beyond

  • Kinko TsujiEmail author
  • Stefan C. Müller
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


Spirals play a very favorite role as motives for modern European paintings. Here we assemble some examples for quiescent spirals (Klimt) , spirals starting to move (Itten and Klee) and storming spirals (da Vinci, van Gogh, and Turner) . There are also circles or curved lines which look like spirals, but are not. In parallel to the European culture, a lot of spiral patterns appear in Japan, as well: for example the famous Ukiyo-e of the Naruto whirlpools, patterns for Kimonos and toys. In our daily life spiral forms are used for practical and/or ornamental reasons: musical instruments, staircases, data storage devices like CD and DVD, and others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shimadzu Europa GmbHDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsOtto von Guericke University MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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