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The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Drawing


According to my reading of McEwen, Vitruvius expounded this concept in words only. To quote "the Leonardo drawing is so familiar that there is a tendency to read the words of V. as a transcription of the images". there is no evidence that V himself ever made a drawing to accompany the passage. Also no references are made to appended "schema or forma" as he does elsewhere, and where drawings are agreed were included. So this ubiquitos image appeared 1500 years later with many other such images in various renaissance treatises, based on V. McEwen also states that V. lays his man flat on the ground, which intention would be more suited to measure and ratio. Whereas the V men of Renaissance are all standing!!

Posted date

15 February, 2012

Posted time

5:07 pm