A tribute to the eternal fascination of the human body - in the best-selling, "Explorer" series. This art book on the anatomy of the body examines 300 remarkable works of art on the subject, dating back over 5000 years.
The works are selected and curated by an international panel consisting of experts in anatomy, curators, academics and specialists.
The exciting, visual history of human anatomy is reviewed, highlighting the astonishing complexity and continuing fascination with the body's systems and functions. The individual parts of the human body are explored from head to toe and tell about the body's intricate functions of nerves, muscles, organs, the digestive system, the brain and the senses. The artworks on display contain both contrasting and complimentary illustrations, making for thought-provoking, lively and exciting reading.
Drawing on works from all time periods, cultures and media, from cave paintings to scanning, the book includes illustrations from medieval manuscripts to surgical treatises, paintings, prints, photos and digital technology.
The works are i.a. by artists such as Damien Hirst, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, René Descartes, Robert Mapplethorpe and Mona Hatoum.
The author of the book is Thomas Schnalke, Professor and director of the Medical History Museum in Berlin - Berliner Medizinhistorischen Museums der Charité.