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Leonardo da Vinci Biography for Kids: Vitruvian Man

March 10, 2013 by  
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In our Leonardo da Vinci Biography for Kids: Vitruvian Man, we will discuss how Leonardo da Vinci, who was fascinated by the writings of the Roman architect Vitruvius, developed his famous Vitruvian man.

Vitruvian used the proportions of a perfect human body to design his buildings and Leonardo dedicated a great deal of time, to find the same correlation among the different parts of the body.

He measured each part of a human figure and compared it with the whole body, looking for connections and percentages. He found that each separate part was a simple fraction of the whole.

For example, he measured the head from the forehead to the chin, and found that it was exactly one tenth of the total height.

He he also established that if we outstretch our arms; they would always be as wide as our body is tall.

In 1490, Leonardo created a drawing of an ideal man in two superimposed positions, with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. This drawing has been traditionally named in honor of the architect Vitruvius.

All Leonardo’s measurements were based on this ideal masculine figure. Children, of course have different proportions and each individual has his or her own ratios.

Leonardo also tried to take these ideas further, and searched for connections between the structure of the human body, and other forms in nature. He stated in his notes: “Man is the model of the world.”

This article is part of my series about Leonardo da Vinci where you will find information about his life, facts and anecdotes of his science and artistic activities and his inventions.

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Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Vitruvian man.

Leonardo was fascinated by the writings of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who used the proportions of a perfect human body to design his buildings.

He created the perfect proportions to design his Vitruvian man.

He measured each part of a human figure and compared it with the whole body, looking for connections and percentages. He found that each separate part was a simple fraction of the whole.

For example, he measured the head from the forehead to the chin, and found that it was exactly one tenth of the total height.

He he also established that if we outstretch our arms; they would always be as wide as our body is tall.

In 1490, Leonardo created a drawing of an ideal man in two superimposed positions, with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. This drawing has been traditionally named in honor of the architect Vitruvius.

All Leonardo’s measurements were based on this ideal masculine figure. Children, of course have different proportions and each individual has his or her own ratios.

Leonardo also tried to take these ideas further, and searched for connections between the structure of the human body, and other forms in nature.

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