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Art of Natural HIstory: Anatomy

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Tonight we'll discuss the contributions to art and science in the field of anatomy from the following:

Galen, Hunayn ibn Ishaq al-Ibadi, Abu-Ali Al-Husain Ibn Abdullah Ibn Sina (aka Avicenna), Johannes de Ketham, Antonio Pollaiulo, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Durer, Hans von Gersdorff, Andreas Vesalius, Jan Stefan van Kalkar, Odoardo Fialetti, Pietro da Cortona, Gérard de Lairesse, Bernard Albinus, Jan Wandelaar, Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty, and Henry Gray.

I'll give a demonstration on measuring proportions of the human skull, using a drawing from Vesalius's book on anatomy for reference.

For homework, you will draw a skull from the reference material of your choice. If you have an animal skull or reproduction, you may use that, or you may draw from a photo or master drawing. *Consider your composition for this exercise and use some of today's slides for inspiration. You will work in the medium of your choice. I will give a demonstration on drawing from a printed reference and complete the sketch in ink washes and watercolor pencil.

For pleasure reading:

For images of Avicenna's stunningly illuminated manuscript, The Canon of Medicine:

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