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New York, New York

Obscura Society NY: Anatomical Illustrations

Session Two of After Hours: Inside the Rare Book Collection of The New York Academy of Medicine

In this five-part series of Thursday evening sessions, we'll explore The New York Academy of Medicine's collections in the intimate setting of its beautiful rare book room, guided by two of its stewards.

Session Two: Anatomical Illustrations

The first full-scale attempts to illustrate the human body beginning in the sixteenth century featured skeletons and partially dissected figures - many very beautiful - sometimes called "muscle men" and "flayed men". Many of these depictions, innovative in their presentation of bones and muscle groups, were concerned not only with accuracy, but also with the nature of death. We'll look at the way changing attitudes toward the body and the development of new technologies, including printing techniques, photography and x-ray, changed the way artists rendered the body over time.

Presented by Atlas Obscura at The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
$30/ $100 for five-part series
Advance tickets only, limited capacity

Questions? Email megan@atlasobscura.com