Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today
Benjamin A. Rifkin, Michael J. Ackerman, Judith Folkenberg
Thames & Hudson, London, 2011
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.