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A Treatise on Painting, by Leonardo da Vinci
Senex and Taylor, London


LDE T0330   CID212  Whence the Muscles become thick and short

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Muscular Men, have large Bones, are short, and thick in their Shape, and have but little Fat; the reason is, that the Fleshy Muscles in growing, entangle one with another; so that the Fat which shou'd insinuate it self between them, finds no room: Now the Muscles in those Bodies which are unfurnished with Fat, being contiguous, and unable to dilate themselves, confine their Growth to their thickness; still growing the most, in that part which is the furthest removed from their extremes; that is, towards the middle of their Length and Breadth.