Saturday, June 27, 2009
A series of prints from a 1750 medical anatomy book including, studies of the head, the human skeleton back view, human skeleton front view, human muscles, muscles of the leg, muscles of the arm, bones of the hand and bones of the foot, phrenology, a character study of a human resembling a bird, a character study of a human resembling a dog, a character study of a human resembling a pig, a character study of a human resembling an owl, studies of religious ecstasy and insanity.
Unfortunately I don't know anything about the book from which they came except for the date of 1750.
These prints are on sale on on Ebay.com.
Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)
Physiognomy In Profile: Lavater's Impact On European Culture
Visages et caracteres: etudes de physiognomie
Anatomy of the Human Body the XIIth edition.
Anatomie des menschlichen Körpers.
The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat
Here is a link to a site with more examples of antique medial books, the University of Virginis's Historical Collections: Vaulted Treasures.
Anatomy for Art Students, Painters and Sculptors