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Museum Designs Leonardo da Vinci Vitruvian Man Necktie, Gallerie dell Accademia Venice, Italy

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This is the Leonardo Da Vinci Vitruvian Man necktie. The Vitruvian Man is a famous drawing and accompanying notes from Leonardo da Vinci's journal entries of around 1492. It depicts a naked male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. Also know as the Canon of Proportions or the Proportions of Man. It is held in the Gallerie dell' Accademia in Venice, Italy.

The Virtruvian Man provides insight into Leonardo's keen interest in proportion. Leonardo believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe. According to the accompanying notes, the work was made as a study of the proportions of the (male) human body as described in a treatise by the Ancient Roman architect Vitruvius (Vitruvius De Architectura), who wrote that in the human body:

- a palm is the width of four fingers & a foot is the width of four palms
- a cubit is the width of six palms & a man's height is four cubits (and thus 24 palms)
- a pace is four cubits & the length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height
- the distance from the hairline to the bottom of the chin is one-tenth of a man's height
- the distance from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin is one-eighth of a man's height
- the maximum width of the shoulders is a quarter of a man's height
- the distance from the elbow to the tip of the hand is one-fifth of a man's height
- the distance from the elbow to the armpit is one-eighth of a man's height
- the length of the hand is one-tenth of a man's height
- the distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose is one-third of the length of the head
- the distance from the hairline to the eyebrows is one-third of the length of the face
- the length of the ear is one-third of the length of the face

DaVinci's drawing  symbolizes the essential symmetry of the human body, and by extension, to the universe as a whole. Museum Designs(tm) & Museumology(tm) & Artologi (tm) are liscened trademarks to the

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