Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy

Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today

  1. Benjamin A. Rifkin
  2. Michael J. Ackerman
  • ISBN 9780500289365
  • 22.90 x 15.20 cm
  • Flexibound PLC (no jacket)
  • 344pp
  • 320 Illustrations, 80 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘Mesmeric ... a macabre and illuminating survey of anatomical art’ – The Guardian
‘Remarkable ... charts the visualization of the human body over 600 years’ - The Daily Telegraph
‘Compelling’ – The Scotsman
‘Fascinating and at times gruesome’ – BBC History Magazine
‘Stunning illustrations’ – Nature

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.

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. Judith Folkenberg is a freelance writer. She is also a book artist, and binds and makes books by hand.