Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday Book Report: Albinus on Anatomy

There is not much text in Albinus on Anatomy by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle.  They present the plates as studies for art students.  For fitness people and people who like pictures, the book is all about cool drawings.  Who doesn’t need to see a skeleton, partially muscled, standing in front of a young rhino?

Albinus, for the record, was an anatomist (1697-1770), not the guy who drew the pictures.  That was Jan Wandelaar.  The account of how they worked together is both fascinating and creepy.  I mean, what could go wrong with a naked model and a fresh corpse in winter?

My kids would have found it absorbing and it is definitely going on display at my house in October with the rest of the Halloween things.

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