An expert studying Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch of ‘Vitruvian Man’ and comparing it to another similar drawing makes a case that it’s not the original.
The ‘Vitruvian Man’ is a famous Da Vinci drawing in ink of a man perfectly inscribed in a circle and square with four arms and four legs and named after a Roman architect named Vitruvius who died in 15 BC.
Now after years of research of a copy of the drawing that was re-discovered in Italy in 1986, that had been done by a friend of Da Vinci’s, named Giacomo Andrea de Ferrara, may actually be the original of the two drawings.
Claudio Sgarbi, a architectural scholar who found the Ferrara drawing, believes the two men actually collaborated on the rendering of the ‘Vitruvian Man’ with Da Vinci making a copy of it after Ferrara completed his.
Sgarbi found that in some of Da Vinci’s writing he mentions his friends drawing of the sketch after they apparently had a diner together in 1490. Sgarbi bases his findings on the fact that Da, Vinci’s drawing is a perfect rendering in ink with no corrections and Ferrara’s is riddled with false starts and revision’s and that a copy of an original would not need so many corrections.
Architectural historian Indra McEwen says, “I find Sgarbi’s argument exciting and very seductive, to say the least.”
However, adds of wether it being a copy or collaboration, “Whose was the ‘original’ drawing is a non-question as far as I’m concerned. Much as it is a preoccupation of our own time, I don’t think it would have been an issue in Leonardo’s day.”