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class matplotlib.patches.Ellipse(xy, width, height, angle=0, **kwargs)[source]

Bases: matplotlib.patches.Patch

A scale-free ellipse.

xy : tuple of (scalar, scalar)

xy coordinates of ellipse centre.

width : scalar

Total length (diameter) of horizontal axis.

height : scalar

Total length (diameter) of vertical axis.

angle : scalar, optional

Rotation in degrees anti-clockwise.


Valid keyword arguments are

Property Description
agg_filter a filter function, which takes a (m, n, 3) float array and a dpi value, and returns a (m, n, 3) array
alpha float or None
animated bool
antialiased or aa unknown
capstyle {'butt', 'round', 'projecting'}
clip_box Bbox
clip_on bool
clip_path [(Path, Transform) | Patch | None]
color color
contains callable
edgecolor or ec color or None or 'auto'
facecolor or fc color or None
figure Figure
fill bool
gid str
hatch {'/', '\', '|', '-', '+', 'x', 'o', 'O', '.', '*'}
in_layout bool
joinstyle {'miter', 'round', 'bevel'}
label object
linestyle or ls {'-', '--', '-.', ':', '', (offset, on-off-seq), ...}
linewidth or lw float or None for default
path_effects AbstractPathEffect
picker None or bool or float or callable
rasterized bool or None
sketch_params (scale: float, length: float, randomness: float)
snap bool or None
transform Transform
url str
visible bool
zorder float

Return the center of the ellipse


Return the center of the ellipse


Return the Transform instance which takes patch coordinates to data coordinates.

For example, one may define a patch of a circle which represents a radius of 5 by providing coordinates for a unit circle, and a transform which scales the coordinates (the patch coordinate) by 5.


Return the vertices of the rectangle


Set the center of the ellipse.

xy : (float, float)