The Meaning of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

Detail of Vitruvian Man (c.1492) by Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing pen, ink and wash on paper. 34.6 x 25.5 cm. Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy. Image source Wikimedia Commons.

It is one of the most famous images to come out of the Italian Renaissance: a man is stood with his arms outstretched, positioned inside a square, overlaid with a circle.

I think the power of this image lies in the fact that it can be understood on an intuitive…



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