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Human Anatomy

Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today

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


A sourcebook showcasing an astonishing range of anatomical illustration across half a millennium


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.

Starting with the groundbreaking drawings of Leonardo da Vinci – who was, uniquely, both a great artist and a great scientist – anatomical illustration developed into an important art form, one that contributed to both art and science.

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'Remarkable ... charts the visualization of the human body over 600 years'
Daily Telegraph

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

'Stunning illustrations'

The Scotsman

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Further Details


Format: Flexibound PLC (no jacket)

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 344 pp

Illustrations: 320

Publication date: 14 February 2011

ISBN: 9780500289365

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.

List of Contributors

Judith Folkenberg