|From: Art's The Answer!|
|St. John the Baptist, Jusepe de Ribera c. 1624|
|From Science Blogs, Starts with a BANG|
As Ms. Cheek illustrates, early painters were well aware of this angle and considered it divine. They hid this angle in a number of different places in their paintings- from the subtle as in the picture above to the more obvious pointing of the arms in the early pictures. These paintings are full of mathematical and astronomical symbolism which makes them far more interesting than I ever gave them credit for. Read her article or look up some more examples to see for yourself.
I still don't care for these early paintings, but after learning how to see the angle of the ecliptic they are more palatable than before. My aesthetic has increased slightly from this knowledge.
If this interested you, look at Paradigmshift for tons more examples.
What have you done to evolve your aesthetic?