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Human Anatomy

Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today

Benjamin A. Rifkin, Michael J. Ackerman, Judith Folkenberg


'Mesmeric ... a macabre and illuminating survey of anatomical art' Guardian


Starting with the groundbreaking drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, this lavishly illustrated book chronicles the remarkable history of anatomical illustration from the Renaissance to the digital 'Visible Human' project today. Its survey of five and a half centuries of meticulous visual description by anatomists and artists will be a welcome addition to the libraries of artists, art students, doctors and anyone interested in the history of science.


'Remarkable '
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'Fascinating and at times gruesome '
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 344 pp

Publication date: 30 July 2020

ISBN: 9780500295991

Contents List

The Art of Anatomy • Vesaluis • Estienne • Valverde • Eustachi • Casseri and Spieghel • Bidloo and Cowper • Ruysch • Cheselden • Albinus • Gautier d’Agoty • Smellie and Hunter • Gamelin • Bell • Ballie, Willan, Cruveilhier and Carswell • Cloquet and Sarlandière • Bourgery • Quain, Maclise and Ellis • Gray • Braune • Anatomy in the Digital Age

About the Author

Benjamin A. Rifkin lives and works in New York City as a private art dealer specializing in Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture. Michael J. Ackerman is Assistant Director for High Performance Computing and Communications at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Judy Folkenberg is a freelance writer. She is also a book artist, and binds and makes books by hand.

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