The Inspiration Behind Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

A look at the classic drawing stripped down to its essence

Walter Isaacson
Oct 30, 2017 · 10 min read
Sketch of Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection

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Francesco di Giorgio’s three Vitruvian Man drawings.
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Giacomo Andrea

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Giacomo Andrea’s Vitruvian Man.
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Leonardo’s Version

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Image: Getty

Thanks to Iris Winslow

Walter Isaacson

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CEO of the Aspen Institute. Author of The Innovators & bios of Steve Jobs, Einstein, Ben Franklin, and Henry Kissinger. Former editor of Time, CEO of CNN

Walter Isaacson

Written by

CEO of the Aspen Institute. Author of The Innovators & bios of Steve Jobs, Einstein, Ben Franklin, and Henry Kissinger. Former editor of Time, CEO of CNN

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