The Art of Animal Anatomy: All Life is Here, Dissected and Depicted

Autor David Bainbridge
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 18 oct 2018
Discover the inner workings of an animal's anatomy with this beautiful guide, featuring historical illustrations and lyrical descriptions of the animal body.Have you ever wondered what beats beneath an animal's skin? Well, you wouldn't be the first one. The study of comparative anatomy has led to some of the most striking images ever created. For two-and-a-half thousand years, the animal body has been picked apart to drive arguments in natural philosophy, to reinforce dogma, to remind us of death, to horrify, educate and enthral. This book recounts the intertwined intellectual and artistic journeys of comparative anatomy from antiquity to the present day. Rather than offering an exhaustive listing, it focuses on the distinctive artistic flavours of five great phases of anatomical endeavour. Horses opened like books, the leer of a shark's eye, the humming loom of the brain - all life is here, dissected and depicted.Lyrically written and accompanied by captivating illustrations from history's animal anatomists, this is an ideal read for designers, art lovers and scientists alike.
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ISBN-13: 9781912217359
ISBN-10: 191221735X
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: Colour illustrations throughout
Dimensiuni: 245 x 173 x 26 mm
Greutate: 0.78 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Herbert Press
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Lyrically written by biologist and popular science writer David Bainbridge

Notă biografică

David Bainbridge is the University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist at the University of Cambridge, a reproductive biologist, and a popular science writer. As well as many academic and clinical papers and book chapters, he has written six popular science books, all widely reviewed, discussed, and translated. These include A Visitor Within: The science of pregnancy, Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A fantastic journey through your brain, Teenagers: A natural history, and Curvology: The origins and power of female body shape.


IntroductionChapter 1: Before the PressFrom Antiquity to the RenaissanceLeonardo da Vinci: Animal as MachineAlbrecht Dürer: The Wonderful LineChapter 2: The Horse Stripped BareCutting and Cataloguing: 16th-19th centuriesCarlo Ruini: Anatomia del CavalloGeorge Stubbs: The Anatomy of the HorseChapter 3: Bewildering VarietyA Pictorial Menagerie: 16th-19th centuriesVolcher Coiter: De Partibus Similaribus Humani CorporisGeorges Cuvier: Le Règne AnimalAlfred Brehm: TierlebenRichard Owen: The Anatomy of VertebratesChapter 4: Embryos and AncestorsEvolution and Development in the 19th centuryErnst Haeckel: Development of the Embryo, Development of the RaceEdweard Muybridge: Animal LocomotionSantiago Ramón y Cajal: Textura del Sistema Nervioso del Hombre y de los VertebradosChapter 5: Onwards, Outwards, InwardsThe Wonders of Life since 1900D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson: On Growth and FormIndexCredits


the artwork itself is wonderfully reproduced on matte paper in numerous half- and full-page images, as well as full-page spreads [.] far from being gory or gruesome, contains fantastic imagery spanning a wide span of time. It contains many works well-known to most biologists, but will undoubtedly introduce you to new and unknown artworks. [.] And it makes a sure-fire gift for that person in your life who loves the interface of biology and art.