Human figure

In aesthetics, the human figure or human form in art, sculpture and other art forms involves a study and appreciation of the beauty of the human body in its depiction or presentation. The study involves an appreciation of the body shape, including body postures - sitting, standing or even sleeping, and movements - walking, running, dancing etc. Kant refers to the human figure as the ideal of beauty.[1] The human figure conforms very well to the law that states that form follows function, which is believed to be a result of evolution over thousands of generations.


The human figure is a common aspect in visual arts. Very few art forms are not related to human figure such as music, though it figures in lyrics. A study of the human figure includes a detailed study of the following subjects:

Body proportions

Body proportions are the study of relation of human body,[4] or in general, animal body, parts to each other and the whole, essential for depiction of the overall figure.

Sculpture and figure drawing

A figure drawing is a study of the human form in its various shapes and postures. It is a study or stylized depiction of the human form, with the line and form of the human figure as the primary objective, rather than the subject person. It is a composed image of the subject in a still position. A life drawing is a work that has been drawn from an observation of a live model.

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