Visual Arts


The Vitruvian Man - History

The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing with accompanying notes created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487 as recorded in one of his journals. It depicts a nude male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. It is stored in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy, but is only displayed on special occasions.

The drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De Architectura. The drawing is named in honour of the architect. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the Classical orders of architecture....

The drawing itself is often used as an implied symbol of the essential symmetry of the human body, and by extension, to the universe as a whole.

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Visual Art - Physique Scoring

Each competitor will be judged on symmetry, muscularity and mandatory posing ability. Judges will follow traditional bodybuilding scoring. Example: Each person will be ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. That score will translate into a “Visual Art” physique score from 5 to 10, 10 being best. The 1st place winner will earn 10 points, second place a 9 ...etc. Sixth place and below will earn an automatic 5.This score will be added to the other three scores to determine the top three winners. 40 points is the maximum number of total points a competitor can earn (Physique - 10, Posing - 10, Personality - 10, Photogenic - 10)

NO PREJUDGING - Scoring will be live!

Mandatory Poses: Contestants must pose and relax on the command of the Head Judge. Not following instructions will result in a lower placing.

Relaxed - Semi-flexed stance with feet flat on the floor.Quarter turns with arms to the side. Rear arm should not cross the chest. Feet should remain flat on the floor.

Front Double Biceps - Upper arms out to the sides parallel to the floor, with elbows bent at approximately 90-degrees with forearms parallel to torso. Legs, lats, chest, abdominals, and arms should be flexed.

Side Chest - Stand on foot farthest from the stage with front leg bent to show the calf and leg biceps. The front arm should be bent at approximately 90-degrees with the rear hand on top of the wrist. The chest should be lifted and the abdominals pulled in tightly.

Side Triceps - Same leg position as the side chest pose, with the front
arm hanging alongside the body, clasping the hand at the waist by the rear hand from around the lower back. The triceps should be tightened, shoulders, chest and abdominals flexed, and the legs and calves tight.

Rear Double Biceps - Same as the front double biceps except the back is facing the judges and the contestant must bring the leg of choice toward the judges and "spike" the foot to show calf and leg biceps development. Contestants should not lean excessively toward the rear of the stage, nor lean backwards too far toward the judges.

Rear Lat Spread - Back to judges with calf of choice "spiked" toward the judges, and grasp the waist with closed hands and spread elbows to flare latissimus. Hamstrings and glutes should be flexed, with emphasis on showing judges the width of the back (V-shape) as well as detail in the lats, teres major, rhomboids and trapezius, erectors and rear deltoids.

Overhead Abdominal - Facing the judges with one leg extended slightly forward, and with hands clasped behind the neck. The abdominals must be fully flexed, with air expelled, with the legs and chest also tight.

Most Muscular Pose - Stand with one leg slightly extended toward the judges, and assume a favorite of the following most muscular poses. Either the "crab", hands-on-hips or partial crab (with one hand behind back) variations may be used.

The judging panel may request additional poses depending on necessity. These may include Side Hamstring Curl, Stand-On-Calves Pose, Serratus Side Pose, etc.

After group comparisons (mandatory poses), each competitor will present a 60 seconds posing routine with music and/or props. POSING ROUTINE MUST INCLUDE A POSE FROM FROM THE ART HISTORY LIST (See posing page).


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