ConclusionLeonardo Da Vinci was inspired by a statement of Vitruvius on the human body inscribed in a circumference and in a square; but to settle the circle onto the square according to his own idea he had to adopt compromises, because his construct is not real… and it leaks like a sieve.
The much vaunted Vitruvian man, although affecting ± the ‘collective unconscious’ of half the world is a false ideographic which boasts a perfect ratio: that from a man framed into a square to the same inside a circle that wont even fit by itself. ±,But what is worse, whether Leonardo Da Vinci did it in whole awareness or not, from the hermetic and subliminal point of view he acted in reverse of the so much felt leitmotiv of Vitruvius, which albeit reflexly, is mostly awarded to him with full hands.
That sketch of his, caged the man inside the [physical] square, hinting and clipping at a time the illusion of being able to move in the circle [of spiritual vibration], a cosmic longing – for those who want to read it – paralyzed by the roof of the head line [worldly rationality, instead of the irrational Golden Ratio?]. Far away from being a microcosm of the universe! Shall we apply such vision of the microcosm to the universe itself?
In a nutshell, the second pair of arms, as for the spread legs, had to be devoted to the circle and not relegated to the square where instead Leonardo intended to confine them, distorting the esoteric, existential and evolutionary sense of the symbolism (and its correct proportions).