Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Favorite Drawing: Vitruvian Man

The Vitruvian Man is considered da Vinci's most recognizable drawing. In this work, da Vinci displayed the theories of the first century Roman architect, Vitruvius, utilizing both text and drawings. Vitruvius' ideas relate the symmetry and proportion of the human body to architecture, and notes that it can be inscribed in both a circle and a square. da Vinci's work was the first to overlay the inscriptions, forming the basis of Renaissance architecture and art. I like this work because it combines anatomy, art, architecture, and symmetry into a single piece. I also like how he incorporates text to not describe the image, but supplement it and present a message that the text and image can not do alone.


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