Monday, December 13, 2010

The Vitruvian Man

This is my most recent work with model Mardi Ried. We opted for simple concepts opting for lighting and tone to carry a new mood from previous shoots. During the shoot I toyed with the idea of recreating the Vitruvian Man wit a 2010 feel. I've included some notes below on the significance of the original. One interesting twist came when I overlaid Mardi on the image of the drawing and nearly each and every proportion played perfectly!

The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the famed architect, Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.
The drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De Architectura. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the Classical orders of architecture. Other artists had attempted to depict this concept, with less success. Leonardo’s drawing is traditionally named in honor of the architect.

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