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Relative proportion of the hand and foot.

The foot is as much longer than the hand as the thickness of the arm at the wrist where it is thinnest seen facing.

Again, you will find that the foot is as much longer than the hand as the space between the inner angle of the little toe to the last projection of the big toe, if you measure along the length of the foot.

The palm of the hand without the fingers goes twice into the length of the foot without the toes.

If you hold your hand with the fingers straight out and close together you will find it to be of the same width as the widest part of the foot, that is where it is joined onto the toes.

And if you measure from the prominence of the inner ancle to the end of the great toe you will find this measure to be as long as the whole hand.

From the top angle of the foot to the insertion of the toes is equal to the hand from wrist joint to the tip of the thumb.

The smallest width of the hand is equal to the smallest width of the foot between its joint into the leg and the insertion of the toes.

The width of the heel at the lower part is equal to that of the arm where it joins the hand; and also to the leg where it is thinnest when viewed in front.

The length of the longest toe, from its first division from the great toe to its tip is the fourth of the foot from the centre of the ancle bone to the tip, and it is equal to the width of the mouth. The distance between the mouth and the chin is equal to that of the knuckles and of the three middle fingers and to the length of their first joints if the hand is spread, and equal to the distance from the joint of the thumb to the outset of the nails, that is the fourth part of the hand and of the face.

The space between the extreme poles inside and outside the foot called the ancle or ancle bone a b is equal to the space between the mouth and the inner corner of the eye.

Taken from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci edited by Jean Paul Richter, 1880.

323 * 325
VI * VIII
. . .
Preliminary observations.
308,
Proportions of the head and face.
310,
311,
312,
313,
314,
315,
316,
317,
Proportions of the head seen in front.
319,
320,
321,
322,
Relative proportion of the hand and foot.
Relative proportions of the foot and of the face.
325,
326,
Proportions of the leg.
328,
329,
330,
On the central point of the whole body.
The relative proportions of the torso and of the whole figure.
The relative proportions of the head and of the torso.
The relative proportions of the torso and of the leg.
335,
The relative proportions of the torso and of the foot.
The proportions of the whole figure.
338,
339,
340,
The torso from the front and back.
Vitruvius’ scheme of proportions.
The arm and head.
. . .

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