This display records the use of the human body as a repository of codes of information. Dedicated to Bruce Whatley are these exemplars of symmetry with a rather camp contra posto added for good measure.
01. from a rare work on Chirurgy (Surgery) perhaps
by Lanfrancus of Milan, and published in Augsberg by Froschauer in 1515.
The positioning of the Crab to the chest is not a diagnosis of Cancer,
but conforms to the symbolism of the melothesic figure.
03/04 from Geoffrey Tory, Champ Fleury , first edition 1529, and a
masterpiece by a master printer of the French Renaissance. Tory sees
proportion, inner harmony and integrity in the design of letter forms
to be informed, even inspired, by the proportions and workings of the
human body. Here are two figures - L'HOMME LETRE and
01. This image is reprinted from The Shepherd's Calendar, published by Nicholas Le Rouge, Troyes, c1495. 5 x 14cms
02. VITRUVIAN MAN is in this tradition - a single nude male body incorporating
a proportional system attuned to a spiritual perfection. from the Venetian
edition of Vitruvius of 1511.