Vitruvian Man
by
Leonardo
Da Vinci


 8-1/2" H
Cold Cast Bronze




$64 (less Internet
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$46


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Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci

Vitruvian Man -- View # 2

Vitruvian Man -- View # 3

Vitruvian Man -- Detail“Leonardo’s famous drawings of the Vitruvian proportions of a man’s body first standing inscribed in a square and then with feet and arms outspread inscribed in a circle provides an excellent early example of the way in which his studies of proportion fuse artistic and scientific objectives. It is Leonardo, not Vitruvius, who points out that ‘If you open the legs so as to reduce the stature by one-fourteenth and open and raise your arms so that your middle fingers touch the line through the top of the head, know that the centre of the extremities of the outspread limbs will be the umbilicus, and the space between the legs will make and equilateral triangle’

This sculpture provides the perfect example of Leonardo's keen interest in proportion. In addition, this represents a cornerstone of Leonardo's attempts to relate man to nature. Encyclopaedia Britannica online states, "Leonardo envisaged the great picture chart of the human body he had produced through his anatomical drawings and Vitruvian Man as a cosmografia del minor mondo (cosmography of the microcosm). He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe."