It’s a heuristic but it’s not ‘really’ true. Da Vinci came up with a set of artistic proportions – various “Golden Ratios” that seemed true enough and as rough estimates are as true as other stereotyped body ratios. Some people will find these to be accurate for themselves, some people won’t but Vitruvian man isn’t really “the ideal proportioned man” but more of an artist’s guide for something that looks reasonably human.

It’s a heuristic but it’s not ‘really’ true. Da Vinci came up with a set of artistic proportions – various “Golden Ratios” that seemed true enough and as rough estimates are as true as other stereotyped body ratios. Some people will find these to be accurate for themselves, some people won’t but Vitruvian man isn’t really “the ideal proportioned man” but more of an artist’s guide for something that looks reasonably human.

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