Da Vinci's The Vitruvian Man: History & Golden Ratio


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Who first wrote about the proportions shown in the Vitruvian Man?

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1. What marks the center point of the Vitruvian man when standing straight?

2. What is the Vitruvian Man meant to demonstrate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz combination can help you comprehend one of the most famous sketches of all time. You can learn how da Vinci based his illustration on theories and proportions put forth centuries earlier by Greek and Roman scholars.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Recall who first wrote about the proportions represented in the Vitruvian Man
  • What marks the center point of the illustrations
  • What the Vitruvian Man is meant to demonstrate
  • Where Vitruvius was from
  • The definition of an irrational number

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson regarding the Vitruvian Man
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the creation of the Vitruvian Man and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Vitruvian proportions and golden ratio

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Vitruvian Man, its origin and purpose, review the accompanying lesson on da Vinci's The Vitruvian Man. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about who first wrote about the proportions used in the Vitruvian Man
  • Investigate what these proportions are
  • Describe the purpose of Vitruvian proportions
  • Discuss why the Vitruvian Man does not represent the golden ratio