Human figure (also known as the Vitruvian Man) with arms and legs outstretched, positioned within a square and circle representing the centre of 'cosmic geometry'

RIBApix ref no RIBA38301
Artist/PhotographerCesariano, Cesare (1483-1543)
Subject Date1521
Image Date1521
Library ReferenceEW E.d.383
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes SOURCE: Vitruvius. De Architectura (Como, 1521), ed. Cesare Cesariano, Liber tertius, p. L NOTES: This 1521 edition of Cesare Cesariano's translation and commentary on Vitruvius's treatise entitled 'De Architectura' (Ten Books on Architecture) is the first edition of the treatise not in Latin. Vitruvius's original, unillustrated treatise was written during the first century BC. The woodcut illustrations in this edition, most probably drawn by Cesariano, are largely based on the cuts in the 1511 edition of Vitruvius edited by Giovanni Giocondo.

Subject tags

symmetry, human figure