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Are You the "Viturvian Ideal"?

You perhaps are familiar with Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, which portrays the human body inscribed in the circle and the square. Any idea what "Vitruvian" means?

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (ca. 8070 BC--15 BC), a Roman author, architect, and engineer, is best known for his ten-volume text De Architectura. A major portion of the text deals with the idea of proportion in both man-made and natural constructions, with his ideal example being the proportions of the human body.

In his text, Vitruvius outlines these key proportions for the "ideal" human body:

  • [Chin to forehead]:[Height] :: 1:10
  • [Wrist to end of middle finger]:[Height] :: 1:10
  • [Breast to Hairline]:[Height] :: 1:6
  • [Chin to nostrils]:[Face length] :: 1:3
  • [Foot length]:[Height] :: 1:6
  • [Forearm length]:[Height] :: 1:4
  • [Chest width]:[Height] :: 1:4
  • [Width of outstretched arms]:[Height] :: 1:1 (da Vinci's focus)
Your Task: Gather data by doing some measurements....do you or others (anyone?) fit this "ideal"?