The famous illustration has stepped out from the page and into the world as a fully poseable action figure.

As one of the world’s most famous illustrations, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”, completed in 1490, drew inspiration from the studies of Roman architect Vitruvius (c.80-70BC), who explored the connection between geometry and ideal human proportions. Da Vinci’s anatomical drawing depicts the figure of a naked man with his arms and legs spread in two superimposed positions, displaying a symbol of symmetry within both a circle and a square.


Now, after more than half a millennia since it first appeared, the serious-faced Vitruvian Man has been given the power to walk around demonstrating the beauty of anatomical symmetry with a moveable body thanks to a new model from Figma, a popular line of Japanese action figures produced by Max Factory and distributed by Good Smile Company.

Unveiled on 7 February at this year’s winter Wonder Festival Exhibition, a seasonal event held at the Makuhari Messe convention centre in Chiba City which showcases resin and plastic models from the anime and video game worlds, the remarkable figure caught the attention of visitors with its likeness to the original drawing and its beautiful poseability.

▼ Here, he appears as most know him, with four arms and legs.


▼ The clever design allows for some of the limbs to be detached, meaning he can pose with any combination of two, three or four arms and legs. Ball joints provide smoothness of movement around the body.


With the figure’s sale price and release date yet to be released, we’ll have to wait a little while before we get to play with da Vinci’s beautiful proportions in the flesh.

We’ll just have to make do with admiring these figures of David and Venus de Milo until then!

Source: ITMedia
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