Mitlov wrote:Here's why it looks like a lean to the side to me instead of a lean toward the target:
(1) We're seeing the top of his head, not the side of his head in a strictly profile view like in the two images John H provided.
(2) In the two images John H provided, the shoulders are squared off--the rear shoulder is nearly as far forward as the front shoulder. In the plate, you can see the entire length from shoulder to shoulder.
(3) In the two images John H provided, the head is directly over the knee. In this image, the head is barely at mid-thigh.
It seems to me that those three details would only be accurate perspective-wise if they were depicting someone leaning to the side, not leaning toward their opponent.
bigdummy wrote:Anyone here know how this relates to Meyer's concept of Die Waage ('the scales') ?
I know there is a passage in Wallerstein which reads (this is an old and rough translation) "So, you fight long against someone, and you come to him at the distance of the sword, so both of you are hand-to-hand. Then, you should stretch your arms and your sword far from you, and put yourself into a low body position ( die Waage ), so that you have a good grip and long reach in your sword, and so that you attack and parry against all which is necessary. The reach is that you stand behind your sword and lean yourself; the grip is that you stand low…and make yourself small in your body so that you are great in your sword.”
Mitlov wrote:(1) We're seeing the top of his head, not the side of his head in a strictly profile view like in the two images John H provided.
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