The Vitruvian Man Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Vitruvian Man
Looks at Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius' concept of the Vitruvian Man as further developed by Leonardo da Vinci.
# 145159 | 1,050 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2010 in Architecture (Ancient) , Art (Artists) , Architecture (Theory) , Mathematics (General)

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This paper explains that Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius defined perfection by examining the proportions between the different parts of the body as a mean of designing and constructing temples during the Roman times and in proposing a human model approach to temple construction. Next, the author relates ways in which Renaissance artist and mathematician Leonardo da Vinci translated Vitruvius' architecture books into the Vitruvian Man with the objective of demonstrating the perfection of man. The paper concludes that the Vitruvian Man, which remains one of history's most well-known artistic symbols, demonstrates the ability of different sciences to create an eclectic approach to nature and to the human body. The paper includes footnotes.

From the Paper:

"The sensation of movement comes from the fact that the individual is projected both in the circle and the square. The individual seems to be moving his hands between the two positions fixed on the circle and square . The projection also shows the viewer that the man's arm span is generally equal to his height. At the same time, besides the proportions analysis, some theoreticians also have looked into da Vinci's view on angles in the Vitruvian Man. The sine and cosine of some of these angles are related to the golden ratio, estimated at 1.618."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Vitruvius. Ten Books on Architecture. Translated by a committee, edited by Ingrid D. Rowland and Thomas Noble Howe; Cambridge University Press, 1999
  • Place, Robert. Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. 2000. On the Internet at Last retrieved on December 7, 2008
  • Turbeville, Joseph. An Angular Perspective of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. From "A Glimmer of Light from the Eye of a Giant: Tabular Evidence of a Monument in Harmony with the Universe.
  • Bowman, David. Vitruvian Man. 2008. On the Internet at Last retrieved on December 7, 2008

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