Tuesday, November 3, 2020

NLM's Dream Anatomy Exhibition

The National Library of Medicine recently launched their Dream Anatomy Exhibit.

The interior of our bodies is hidden to us.  What happens beneath the skin is mysterious, fearful, amazing.  In antiquity, the body's internal structure was the subject of speculation, fantasy and some study, but there were few efforts to represent it in pictures.  The invention of the printing press in the 15th century ad the cascade of print technologies that followed helped to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy, and new spectacular visions of the body. Anatomical imagery proliferated, detailed and informative but also whimsical, surreal, beautiful, and grotesque -- a dream anatomy that reveals as much about the outer world as it does the inner self.  


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