Anatomy for Artists

Anatomy for Artists

Anatomy for Artists

Anatomy for Artists

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This anatomy book for artists is conceived on the visual principle. The drawings are arranged in such a manner that with an easy turning of the leaves the reader may find the desired or approximate view. Medical and technical nomenclature, unknown to the majority of artists, is omitted, but simple tables of proportions used throughout the ages have been included. These drawings consists of free adaptations, combinations, abbreviations and copies of works of the old masters, chiefly from the Italian and Flemish school before the advent of academicism.

Strangely enough, in spite of the advance in medical anatomical knowledge since the Renaissance, the art of drawing and the use of anatomy has declined. It is conceded that the highest development in the art of figure drawing was bound together with the knowledge of anatomy. The artists of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna, Dürer, Michael Angelo, Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian, Rubens and Rembrandt hardly challenged, never have been surpassed.

I have drawn also from later authorities whose contribution, though artistically uninspired, offer anatomical explanation.

R. M.

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