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Updated: May 8

Women make up half of the population, but they gave birth to everyone on the entire planet.

Meet the Vitruvian Woman.

For Leonardo Da Vinci and others thinkers, circular shapes were linked to the 'cosmic and the divine', while the square represented what was 'earthly and secular'.

Most literally, the meaning of Vitruvian is to demonstrate the perfect ratios and proportions found in human anatomy. Metaphorically however, perhaps it's as Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote which best describes a woman, which is that “In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.”

One of the most well-known ideas from the writings of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio is known as the Vitruvian Triad. The triad consists of three principles or ideals for all architecture: Firmitatis, utilitatis, and venustatis, or stability, utility, and beauty.

The earliest known use of the adjective Vitruvian is in the mid 1700s. Oxford English Dictionary's earliest evidence for Vitruvian is from 1762, in the writing of Horace Walpole, author, politician, and patron of the arts.

Inspired by the writings of the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius, Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man from 1490 represents the "perfect man" and is based on the ancient knowledge of ratios and proportions present in human anatomy.

Beauty can found when we realize that 'Before Every Vitruvain Man There's A Vitruvian Woman', within whom "life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves." (E.Bulwer-Lytton)

And within the the architure of women, we can see "an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home."

"Some find it in the place of their birth; others may leave a seaside town, parched, and find themselves refreshed in the desert. There are those born in rolling countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy loneliness of the city. For some, the search is for the imprint of another; a child or a mother, a grandfather or a brother, a lover, a husband, a wife, or a foe."

"We may go through our lives happy or unhappy, successful or unfulfilled, loved or unloved, without ever standing cold with the shock of recognition, without ever feeling the agony as the twisted iron in our soul unlocks itself and we slip at last into place.” (Josephine Hart)


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