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Friday, August 31, 2007

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's copious notes on the proportion of the human figure cover every conceivable combination.
Here are a few: The span of a man's outstretched arms is equal to his height.
The ear is precisely as long as the nose.
The big toe is the sixth part of the foot.
From the chin to the starting point of the hair is a tenth of the figure.
From the junction of the palm of the hand as far as the tip of the middle finger a tenth part.
And from the pit of the stomach to the top of the chest is a sixth part.
And from the fork of the ribs as far as the top of the head a fourth part.
And from the chin to the nostrils is a third part of the face.
And the same from the nostrils to the eyebrows to the starting of the hair.
And the foot is a sixth part, and the forearm to the elbow a fourth part. Etc, etc, etc, etc...
I never checked, I blindly believe him.
As a matter of fact, whatever I do, I do it with my computer...and it doesn't care about proportions...
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