Leonardo da Vinci – Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, 1490

Leonardo da Vinci was one smart cookie… that’s my opinion. I mean the man was a brilliant artist as well as an inventor?? I’m sure you’ve seen this drawing some time in your life?? He drew it in the year 1490. If you would like to read more detailed information on this image (fascinating!), click HERE for a great link to Stanford with lots of interesting info…

This image has mostly been related to health and fitness or the medical community. Here’s a blip from ArtQuotes.net

The Virtruvian Man has also been referred to as “Canon of Proportions” or the “Proportions of Man”. The image and accompanying text of the Virtruvian man displays the understanding that Leonardo had of the proportions of man. The artist used the theories of the Roman architect Vitruvius, calculating the proportion of the perfect male figure. The text above and below the drawing is written in Mirror writing by Leonardo.

Text from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
From the roots of his hair to the bottom of his chin is 1/10 of a man’s height; from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head is 1/8 of his height; from the top of the breast to the roots of the hair will be the 7th part of the whole man. From the nipples to the top of the head will be the 4th part of man. The greatest width of the shoulders contains in itself the 4th part of man. From the elbow to the tip of the hand will be the 5th part of a man; and from the elbow to the angle of the armpit will be the 8th part of man. The whole hand will be the 10th part of the man. The distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose and from the roots of the hair to the eyebrows is, in each case the same, and like the ear, a third of the face.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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Memorial Day Eve…

 

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Well tomorrow is Memorial Day, I guess that makes today Memorial Day Eve, doesn’t it? Whether you’re out gathering your grilling supplies, getting ready for friends or family to come over or just enjoying a nice quiet day off please take a few moments tomorrow (or any time!) to remember all men and women who have died for our freedom. If we all can fit in a few minutes of reflection to remember those who stood up for this country that would be a tremendous honor.

As Lee Greenwood said:

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA.

ENJOY your Memorial Day! Catch you back here tomorrow! If you get a chance visit my photo blog at http://almostdailypoic.wordpress.com !

Art quote: Pablo Picasso – Interior With Girl Drawing…

Interior With A Girl Drawing – Pablo Picasso 1935

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.

  -Pablo Picasso

Ruh roh… mental note… once I ever get painting again… although I do believe if I master anything I would stick with it for at least a little while!

Enjoy your weekend… catch you back here tomorrow…

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Art quote… Andrew Wyeth…

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You probably recognize this image don’t you? MASTER BEDROOM by Andrew Wyeth. I think he was just the most talented artist and interesting man (judging by his biography). OK, enough already, time for the quote… (artquotes.net)

 
You think you’re developing and getting better and then you see something you did years ago. Looking at your early work.. sometimes it has a depth that surprises you.
  -Andrew Wyeth
 
When I look at his work over the years it’s amazing how it changes, not from good to bad, but just different. I guess there are a few paintings I can look back on where I’m surprised at the depth… hmmm… good!
 
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Happy Birthday William…

Happy Birthday William (and that’s not will.i.am.)! It’s William Shakespeare’s 447th birthday! So… it’s a good excuse to eat cake today 😉

A notable quote from William Shakespeare:

“This above all: to thine own self be true”.

– Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).

Personally, I think that’s excellent advice! Enjoy your day… Catch you back here tomorrow! Visit my Photo Blog if you get a chance!

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