For centuries, people have been fascinated by what’s under the skin and inside the human body. This morbid fascination has led to the popularity of anatomical prints starting with works from ancient Egypt, Greece and Medieval Christians.
The Edwin Smith papyrus, the world’s oldest surviving surgical document. Written in Hieratic script in Ancient Egypt around 1600 B.C.
Anatomy developed little from classical times until the sixteenth century. The historian Marie Boas writes, “Progress in anatomy before the sixteenth century is as mysteriously slow as its development after 1500 is startlingly rapid”
About this time a very popular attraction with spectators and the occasional dog ( hoping for a bone ) was the anatomy theatre.
The first anatomical theatre was built at the University of Padua in 1594 and is still preserved. Other early examples include the Theatrum Anatomicum of Leiden University, built in 1596 and reconstructed in 1988. The Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio in Bologna whose building dates from 1563 and the anatomical theatre from 1637
With the invention of printing in the 1400’s the production of beautiful illustrated anatomy prints and books flourished.
Probably the most recognised anatomy print artist is Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical print depictions of the skeleton and human form.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was trained in anatomy by Andrea del Verrocchio. He made use of his anatomical knowledge in his artwork, making many sketches and Anatomical Prints of skeletal structures, skulls, muscles and organs of humans and other vertebrates that he dissected
Anatomical Anatomy Prints Bound With Human Skin
The father of modern the anatomy print, Andreas Vesalius had some copies of Da Humani Corporis Fabrica 1543 anatomical illustrated book bound in human skin. Skin taken from cadavers and other unfortunate souls. I suppose it is one way to get on the cover of a best seller !!
Probably the best known Anatomy print book today is Gray’s Anatomy, even though a lot of people only associate it with the American TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.This takes its name from the title of this book . The same applies to the 1996 Steven Soderbergh film Gray’s Anatomy, featuring monologuist Spalding Gray They are not aware of it’s origin and that it is a 1858 book. Gray’s Anatomy an English-language textbook of human anatomy originally written by Henry Gray and illustrated with 100’s of Anatomical prints by Henry Vandyke Carter. Earlier editions were called Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical and Gray’s Anatomy: Descriptive and Applied, but the book’s name is commonly shortened to, and later editions are titled, Gray’s Anatomy. The book is widely regarded as an extremely influential work on the subject, and has continued to be revised and republished from its initial publication in 1858 to the present days 40th. edition
Anatomy has figured in British artist Damien Hirst work. Anatomy Of An Angel the classically posed Carrara marble figure based on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture ‘L’Hirondelle’ (1920). In Hirst’s version, cross-sections of her body show the anatomical structure, skull and bones beneath the skin, revealing she is human after all. This statue recently sold at auction in Sotheby’s, London for over one million pounds.
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