It occurs to me that if I am honestly going to hunt down the origins of Western Abstraction in my genes and memes, I will eventually end up (or begin?) with Pythagoras (or even Thales). As it is, my fulcrum is presently poised under Gustav Theodor Fechner (as I mentioned earlier) and his activities in the 19th century. This guy was not only a mystic visionary but he also initiated experimental aesthetics. Fechner collected the measurements of some 20,000 paintings from twenty-two art museums to study their proportions statistically. The result was the ratio 34:21, which is the measurement of the celadon space above.
As above, so below.
I just checked this book out from the university library. I'll let you know what happens. William James writes the introduction and the spine has that beautiful silver Omega on it.