I just love when anatomy is used as an element of design. This a promotional poster done by the talented Simon Dovar from Jawa and Midwich, a design, illustration, and art direction studio located in my favorite city of London. The poster shows all 206 bones of the human body… Read More »Skeletal Design
Anatomy in Art
Gerrard David’s “Transfiguration of Christ” compared with a coronal section of the human brain. An interesting article published by four UK scientists in the neurosciences speculates that the masters of the Renaissance hid brain imagery in their religious masterpieces. Some of the sneaky artists in question include Raphael, Michelangelo, and… Read More »Hidden Brain Imaging in Renaissance Masterpieces?
Richard Russell is the type of guy that buys antique medical books on his lunch breaks and carefully dissects them to expose the anatomical illustrations within. He’s been using anatomical illustration in his collages for the past 25 years and finds a “peculiar lyrical quality” to them. He says, “To… Read More »Bladder Hats and Ovary Heads
Source: Universal Leonardo While on the subject of maps and anatomy with my previous post on the art of Shannon Rankin, a fellow medical illustrator informed me that Leonardo Da Vinci originally made numerous comparisons between rivers and the circulatory system. The illustration above depicts Da Vinci’s “birds-eye vision” of… Read More »Veins of Water: Maps and the Anatomy of Da Vinci
Found this intriguing piece under the Wellcome Images Collection. Definitely squint your eyes at this one to see how the features of the head pop out. A human head containing jostling human figures. Crayon drawing, 1929. Author unknown.
These are a few pieces from the ‘Map Works’ series by artist Shannon Rankin. Rankin believes that “Maps depicting mountain ranges, roads, lakes and rivers resemble internal biological features, reproductive anatomy, skeletal structures and networks of the human body.” By isolating roads and highways, and placing maps in the human… Read More »At the Intersection of Anatomy and Geography
It’s been exactly one year since I started Street Anatomy, not knowing whether anyone would actually be interested in a blog on medical illustration. Over 450,000 visitors, 500 links from other sites, and 460 subscribers later, I’d say people are interested! It’s been a successful year and I’ve put a… Read More »Street Anatomy: the First Anniversary!
It may sound like the title of some new wave band, but Goldherz and Think Tank are two new pieces in the human interior series created by Austrian ceramicist, Renate Hattinger. The heart and the brain aren’t just pretty paperweights, they’re actual ceramic containers. Renate says that “this perhaps allows… Read More »Goldherz and Think Tank
This is a beautiful chalk pastel illustration by Jason Isley. Jason is a new and very promising student in UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program. Take a look through the rest of his portfolio at cavemanartwork.com.
This wonderfully creative poster is the work of digital artist, Jason Freeny. Who would have thought that a balloon animal would have such intricate anatomy? I especially like the mini tutorial at the bottom of the poster that shows how to make a balloon animal of your own. It’s also quite… Read More »Anatomy of a Balloon Animal
Photographer Justin Quinnell, captures these interesting perspectives by placing a pinhole camera in his mouth. Biting your nails never looked so scary!
Lately I’ve been intrigued and excited by the amount of anatomical products out there, from t-shirts to tiny anatomical model toys. Yes kids, anatomy is cool. Now, thanks to another one of my readers, I’ve been pointed to Paraphernalia (no longer an active website) a little studio in Manchester, UK producing… Read More »More anatomical Paraphernalia!
Surreal kidneys. via Luck Devil 7
Not sure what it is, but that is the anatomy of a Capelobo. This is the work of Brazilian artist Walmor Corra. Like so many medical illustrators, Walmor’s first real contact with art began in his science and biology classes at school. His drawing ability combined with his love of science… Read More »What exactly is a Capelobo?
These infant skeletons are blowing their noses with the durable smoothness of cranial meninges Embryo puppets and I’m not sure what those are on the bottom, anyone? A mountain of kidney stones and a forest of vessels and capillaries The imaginative Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), part botanist, part anatomist, was the… Read More »You Won’t Find These Arrangements at the Florist