The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy

by Deanna Petherbridge, Ludmilla Jordanova

This is an interesting look at the history of anatomical art. The topic is something that many medical practitioners fail to think about, but the role of art in the study of medicine is profound. I find it interesting that something that is so frequently presented before the student is in many ways never seen at all. The role of the student is learning to structures of the body and with that focus, we usually over look the amazing art that is sitting before us. I found the discussion within this book interesting and appreciate the idea that anatomical art is an art in it’s own right and deserves to be looked upon without the expectation of learning anatomy. The works that have been collected with in the book is a wonderful representation of the historical progression of the art. I enjoyed the book immensely and read it in one sitting. The only down side to the book is that it is written with a heavily scholarly tone with numerous references to other works cited within the text. It can be cumbersome to read at times because of this. A more casual tone would have improved the book. While the book is discussing the need for viewing anatomical art out of the scholarly context, it is written within that context. I found it a bit clashing in that regard. Overall, worth reading!

If you are interested in reading this, it is available online (and free) over here.


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