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Proportions of the human body. This woodcut was made by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471- 1528). His skillful use of perspective and mathematical proportions made him one of the outstanding artistic figures of the early 16th century. The illustration shown here is from Durer's Treatise on Human Proportions, published posthumously by his widow in 1528. This treatise describes the tools used by Durer during his lifelong search for perfect human proportions. Taken from The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer by Dr Willi Kurth (1936).
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