The Vitruvian Man


Vitruvius’ idea of the essential parameters of man, from da architectura.

There is no evidence that he applied the same analysis to women, or if he did, he kept it to himself.


Leonardo Da Vinci’s take on Vitruvius: In 1485, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks included his interpretation of Vitruvius’ thoughts on these essential parameters, producing one of the most enduring images in Western civilization.


Not to be outdone by long-dead artists, Michael Lindell, creator of most of the images in all three books on Managing Quality in Architecture, came up with his own interpretation of Vitruvius’ construct, to find a way to visually explain “thinking outside the square”.