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


LDE T2258   CID213  Fat Men never have Gross Muscles

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Tho' Fat Men, have this in common with Muscular Men, that they are frequently thick and short; yet are their Muscles always small and slender: Now, their Skin covering a great deal of soft, spungy Flesh, replete with Air; it comes to pass, that Fat Men swim better, and support themselves with more ease upon the Water, than those who are thinner, and more Muscular; the Flesh of these latter, being more Solid, and Including less Air than that of the former.

As the Arms are lifted up, or lower'd, the Breasts disappear, or become more Prominent; and as the Haunches are bent, either outwards or inwards, their Relievo's undergo the same vicissitude; further, the Shoulders, the Haunches, and the Neck, are more variable than any other Jonctures of the Body; their Motions being more numerous and diversified than those of any other part: But of these, I propose a particular Treatise.