The Art Student's Guide to the Proportions of the Human Form

Tom Richardson
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This guide to the proportions of the human form is a reformatted reproduction of the famous but hard to find work by Johann Gottfried Shadow. It includes images of plates engraved by John Sutcliffe from the English translation, and images of the original German plates. The original was a huge book, each plate was 24" by 19" for this version the large plates were photographed to reproduce them on a single page, but also reproduced in sections so they can be seen as large as possible. It includes an introduction, a history of the study of human proportion and a description of the plates plus the original German plates reproduced on single pages. Schadow based based his work on the pioneering work of the Greek Sculptor Polycletus who both wrote a treatise on human proportion and sculpted a figure to illustrate his work. Polycletus was among the creators of classical Greek sculpture, famous for his naturalism.
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Tom Richardson is a painter and Scenic Artist (an artist who paints for the stage and for the movies). Richardson's books are carefully prepared for the clearest possible reproduction and in some cases translated for the English speaking reader. Richardson also provides historical context and background information, so today's reader can get all the enjoyment possible out of them.

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Sep 30, 2008
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