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...

1 comment:

Michael said...

Da Vinci's Mind, A - Lens
New da Vinci site, opens up New Discoveries.

Davinci’s Mind - A Lens Da Vinci was undoubtedly one of the brightest and most diversified intellects to have ever lived… but we are only now beginning to understand the true depth and breadth of that genius…. and it is even more astounding than previously thought! His mind and the ability to project his vision and perception into layers and three dimensions from a variety of perspectives have previously only been seen as a result…. As in the Mona Lisa when her eyes follow you around the room wherever you go…. We are now able to prove that he had the unique ability to visualize in layers and three dimensions and to focus his and the viewer’s attention on one layer while he created and combined layers to produce, until now, unseen secondary images. It was his ability to see things from outside himself and place those images, both of himself and of other subjects within artworks surreptitiously that is coming to light. It is proving that da Vinci was able to use his mind much as a lens focusing on different depths of field, and then create multiple images, some visible others hidden, using his own very clever optical illusions that in modern terminology might be considered holographic in nature. New findings have revealed other capabilities that we will discuss in the near future.