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Vitruvian Man

Study of proportions, from Vitruvius's De Architectura

  Buy now from barewalls.com1492: Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

This study of the proportions of the human body is related to both a square and circle. The centre of the square is at the genitals and that of the circle at the navel, while the outstretched arms provide a square with the height and the spread legs and arms meeting the circumference of the circle. It is somewhat artificial structuring but it provides a canon of proportion which has been related to the Vitruvian model from the writings of the first century BCE Roman architect.
 
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