The fabric of the body - European traditions of anatomical illustration.

By: Roberts, K. B.
Contributor(s): Tomlinson, J. D. W.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: 1992; Oxford Univ. Pr. ISBN: 0192611984.Subject(s): Human Body | Humans | Anatomy | Special subjects | IllustrationsDDC classification: 611ROB
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This is the first book on this subject to be published in the English language for more than fifty years. It is a survey and anthology of the major developments, styles, and trends in anatomical illustration through more than 700 years.Anatomy was a preoccupation of renaissance scholars and artists in the universities and academies of Europe. By the mid 1500s sophisticated anatomy books were widely distributed. It was primarily the illustrations rather than the text that spread information on this descriptive science. This bookshows how anatomists and their collaborating artists presented the important aspects of their subjects to doctors, medical students, and others, coincidentally revealing their attitude to the living and the dead human body. A narrative history of the context in which these illustrations wereproduced is supplemented by a precise consideration of the anatomy shown in each plate reproduced.The book will appeal to anyone with an academic interest in anatomy, illustrative art, or figure drawing. It is a record of an important aspect of the development of modern medicine and surgery. It is lavishly illustrated and will be a handsome production with a slip case, thus it should have amarket amongst collectors of fine art and members of the medical profession.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Anatomists, Scribes, and Printers
  • 2 Pre-Scientific Anatomical Illustration
  • 3 The Beginnings of Factual Anatomical Illustrations
  • 4 Leonardo da Vinci
  • 5 The Great Leap Forward
  • 6 Consolidation
  • 7 Baroque Anatomy
  • 8 Illustrated Anatomy Books in the Netherlands (1650-1800)
  • 9 The Classic Tradition Develops in Germany
  • 10 Italian Anatomical Engravings Circa 1800
  • 11 The Early Work in British Anatomy: Illustration to 1750
  • 12 British Obstetrical Atlases of the Eighteenth Century
  • 13 British Anatomical Illustrations, 1775-1830
  • 14 New Methods in Anatomical Illustration
  • 15 The Evolution of Illustration in Modern Anatomy Texts
  • 16 Some Themes of the Book

Reviews provided by Syndetics


The authors explore the landscape of the human body, as perceived and expressed by European anatomical artists from the beginnings of scientific anatomy to modern anatomy texts. Their work is understandably organized along historical lines, precisely authored, and superbly illustrated. The primary sources of the book are illustrated works of anatomy, selections from which are presented as plates. A select bibliography following the preface lists major secondary sources, extended by chapter references. An uninterrupted narrative avoids intrusive footnoting. Roberts and Tomlinson's history complements Robert Herrlinger's History of Medical Illustration From Antiquity to AD 1600 (tr. by Graham Fulton-Smith, 1970) and Ludwig Choulant's History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration (rev. ed., tr. by Mortimer Frank, 1945). A major contribution to all aspects of medical illustration. Appropriate for most art, medical, and European history collections at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; also of intrinsic interest to general adult readers. J. W. Galloway; Texas Woman's University