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Talk Under the skin: illustrating the human body

Under the skin: illustrating the human body

Royal College of Physicians

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Genre: Lecture with live speech-to-text


Launching the new exhibition ‘Under the skin: Illustrating the human body’, Annette Wickham, curator of works on paper at the Royal Academy of Arts will talk about artists’ engagement with anatomy, and the ways they have devised for representing the three dimensionality of the body.

Physicians, surgeons, artists and printers throughout history have developed tools and techniques to illustrate human anatomy, and to communicate what is hidden inside the human form. Their efforts to represent the layers of the three-dimensional body on a two-dimensional page are masterpieces of art and science.

Through 2D drawings, prints and illustrations and 3D écorché figures, many of which drawn from the RA’s collections, this lecture will explore artists’ exploration of anatomy in predominantly the 18th and 19th centuries, whilst addressing the controversial question of how much anatomical knowledge artists really needed.

Live subtitling provided by Stagetext working with MyClearText.

The lecture will also be filmed.


From 6pm: Reception and exhibition viewing

7-8pm: Speeches and lecture, Dorchester Library

8-8.30pm: Exhibition viewing and cash bar

Exhibition open to the public 6 February – 15 March 2019


Event details

Wed 6 Feb 2019, 7:00pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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Venue details

Royal College of Physicians
11 Saint Andrews Place
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council