Vitruvian Man

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


Leonardo Da Vinci created many masterpieces during his career, and the Vitruvian Man is one of his most anatomical related pieces.  Drawn in 1487,  Da Vinci based it after the ideas of human proportions which were described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius.  Vitruvius  described the human body as being the sole source of balance and proportion in architecture.  He also thought that the human figure was essential into figuring out measurements numerically and anatomically.  Unlike most of Leonardo’s works, he drew the Vitruvian Man with pen and ink, which solidified his abilities and multiple talents with art.  This piece is also called the Canon of Proportions, which would symbolize Vitruvius’s view on the human body and its relation with the shapes of architectures.  The Vitruvian Man is currently stored at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Italy.

During the Renaissance, people were intrigued by the human body, and were interested in finding out more on the topic.  Leonardo Da Vinci created this piece by observing the human body on his own and utilizing the works of the Roman Architect Vitruvius.  This drawing also symbolizes Da Vinci’s interest in the laws of proportion, and the measurements that make up the world.  Leonardo also attempts to relate man with nature in the Vitruvian Man by linking the figure of  a man to the proportions of the universe.  In addition, Da Vinci’s multiple sketches of positions and body parts symbolize how the measurements of the human body are similar to the measurements that are in nature.  Leonardo Da Vinci’s purpose for drawing this masterpiece was to show the symmetric relationship between man and the universe as a whole.


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