10 Variations of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

Leonardo da Vinci is a household name, and the majority of his artworks are easily recognizable. One of his most famous works is an ornate sketch of the proportions of the human body; The Vitruvian Man.


The Original Vitruvian Man

The Vitruvian Man was created around 1487, and is so called because it is accompanied by notes on the architecture of Vitruvius. The famous sketch is an overlay of two images; that is, two images of the same man in two different poses. The Vitruvian man has intrigued people for centuries, and continues to be popular today. It has inspired many artists to put pen to paper and create their own renditions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man.



1. Go Go Vitruvian Gadget!

Based on the main character from the TV series Inspector Gadget, this variation of Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man has all the bells and whistles.



2. Vitruvian Mon

Featuring a popular character from the anime TV series, Pokémon, this artist’s rendition of The Vitruvian Man combines Rennaissance and cartoon art techniques.



3. Leonardo Vitruvian

This piece is a pun on the name given to this character from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; ”Leonardo”. The character was named after the creator of the Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci. In the animated TV series, Leonardo’s brothers were also given names of famous artists; Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello.



4. Big Boned Vitruvian Cartman

Southpark‘s popular character, Cartman, is depicted here in the pose of the Vitruvian Man, his arms and legs stretched to their utmost limits.



5. Venomous Vitruvian

Spiderman’s despicable doppelganger, Venom, from the comics and movies by Marvel Comics, is depicted in this Vitruvian variation. The artist has used the original sketch in his fan art, adding webbing designs to the hands and feet, and drawing venom in such a  way that he seems to be climbing out of the page.



6. Homer (Doh!) Vitruvian

With his perfect physical form and elegant posture, Homer Simpson makes a graceful subject for this study of man’s proportions.



7. HULK Vitruvian man

Another of Marvel Comics’ popular characters, The Hulk, has been used in this fan art, along with his human counterpart, Dr Bruce Banner. Instead of the image consisting of one subject in two poses, this picture shows two subjects in two poses. The beauty of this artwork is that the two characters are essentially the same person in two different forms.



8. Cyanide and Vitruvius

The popular internet based comic Cyanide and Happiness has simple, appealing characters, as seen in this artist’s rendition of The Vetruvian Man. (Read Cyanide and Happiness online)



9. The Fatruvian Man

In this visual criticism of the declining health of modern humans, the original sketch has been edited to appear as though the model who posed for the sketch has put on weight.



10. Vitruvian Muppet

The Muppet Show is a popular children’s series that uses puppets. The lovable muppet puppet designs gave rise to scores of fan art featuring the characters. Here is Beaker, the luckless assistant of Dr Bunsen Honeydew, looking characteristically off balance as he poses for a sketch resembling The Vitruvian Man.

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