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Vitruvian Man

Who is Vitruvian Man?

Leonardo DaVinci created the famous Vitruvian Man drawing around 1487. Based on the work of the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius in the 1st century BC, this pen and ink drawing on paper with accompanying notes depicts a naked male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square.

The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. It is stored in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Italy.

What have others said about Vitruvian Man?

  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man…
    • “depicts the balance between man and nature.”
    • “is static in structure, but dynamic in its vision.”
    • “shifts the center of magnitude without a corresponding shift to the center of gravity.”
    • “reveals the balance between man and his environment.”
    • “represents man’s relationship to the universe.”
    • “is a naked guy doing jumping jacks.”