The American Drawing-Book Volume 1-3

The American Drawing-Book Volume 1-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... his arms to their utmost stretch, the measure, from their extremities, equals his height. The foot is generally considered as equal to one sixth part of the height of the figure; but this measure is excessive. The longest toe is equal to the length of the nose. The hand is the length of the face. Twice the breadth of the hand gives its length. The breadth of the hand is equal that of the foot. The thumb is one nose in length. These measures may suffice for imparting a general idea of the proportionate dimensions of figures; at least, they will be found sufficient for the pupil at this time. 12 97. In conclusion, by reference to some of the most celebrated of the antique statues, it will be seen how nearly one average height of the figure, and proportion of the head to it, has been observed. The Farnese Hercules is, in height, supposing the figure erect, seven heads, three parts, and seven minutes (twelve minutes are allowed to a part); the Antinous of the Vatican, seven heads and two parts; the Laocoon, seven heads, two parts, and three minutes; the Dying Gladiator of the Capitol, eight heads; the Apollo Belvidere, seven heads, three parts, and six minutes; the Venus de Medici, seven heads and three parts; and the Grecian Shepherdess, at Naples, seven heads, three parts, and six minutes. 98. It should be borne in mind, that the proportions of the figure vary in almost every individual; and from infancy to manhood, they undergo most marked changes. Taking the size of the head, as a scale of measurement: the whole length of a child, two months old, will be found rarely to exceed four times the height of his head;--at one year, four and a half heads;--at three years, five and a quarter;--at five years, scarcely six;--at ten years, six and more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123648889X
  • 9781236488893