In my earlier post on the computer graphic artist, Cvetomir Georgiev, I showed you the 3D rendition he made of Jan van Rymsdyk’s The Anatomy of a Gravid Uterus. Rymsdyk was a Dutch born medical illustrator working in London. The Anatomy of a Gravid Uterus was the first notable illustration… Read More »First Medical Illustrations in America
Broken bodies Illustrations of dissections in a series of original coloured plates, the size of life, representing the dissection of the human body. (1867) Anatomist: George Viner Ellis (1812-1900) Artist: George Henry Ford (1809-1876) All of the figures are drawn life-size from actual dissections and are printed in colors with… Read More »Interlude: Medical Visual
When I took Human Gross Anatomy I used a total of eight textbooks, flashcards, and anatomy resources on the internet to help drill all of the information into my head. But, the one book that I relied on and learned the most from was the Thieme (pronounced Tee-Ma) Atlas of… Read More »Spotlight: Karl Wesker
Excuse me, your exquisitely detailed skeleton is blocking my view of the rhinoceros. Albinus and Wandelaar are by far my favorite duo of anatomist and artist. When the Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani was published in 1747 there was a lot of controversy over the illustrations because of the… Read More »Interlude: Medical Visual
It looks as if the baby was just placed in the cross section. Supplement Table B (1872) Topographisch-anatomischer Atlas, nach Durchschnitten an gefrornen Cadavern (An atlas of topographical anatomy after plane sections of frozen bodies) Author: Wilhelm Braune (1831-1892) Artist: C. Schmiedel
Not many people realize the time and effort placed into producing an effective medical illustration. Medical students, doctors, and patients can study or just glance at a medical illustration and take away a copious amount of information. They’re focusing on the information in the image and that’s the intended purpose.… Read More »What Makes a Good Medical Illustration?
Gives a whole new meaning to the term “still life.” Table 71 Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams (1690) Anatomist: Govard Bidloo (1649-1713) Artist: Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711)
I’m in the process of reading the wonderfully witty book by Mary Roach called Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Anyone who has had the opportunity to experience an anatomy lab should read this book. She gives a brief history of human anatomy and its most important contributors in… Read More »Vesalius: Anatomist not Artist
When I am asked the question what are you going to graduate school for? I answer medical illustration. It’s not like saying something simple such as law, education, or art history that elicits the impressed ooo’s. No, I prepare myself for the blank stare immediately followed by what’s medical illustration?… Read More »Who are these Medical Illustrators?