What’s so special about Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man?


This article is posted on 15.04 in honour of the great Leonardo Da Vinci who was born on this day. In the video we explore one of his most famous works of art ‘The Vitruvian Man’

With arms outstretched, the man fills the irreconcilable spaces of a circle and a square — symbolizing the Renaissance-era belief in the mutable nature of humankind. James Earle explains the geometric, religious and philosophical significance of this deceptively simple drawing.

Another common use of the Vitruvian Man today is as an image associated with health/fitness, and with the practice of medicine.

In some cases, the Vitruvian Man is himself taken as an embodiment of health. In other cases, he seems to be used more symbolically, as an image of science, art, and proportion enmeshed to embody the practice of medicine.