Human Anatomy

Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today


A sourcebook showcasing an astonishing range of anatomical illustration across half a millennium


ISBN: 9780500289365 Category:

Benjamin A. Rifkin, Michael J. Ackerman, Judith Folkenberg


This lavishly illustrated book chronicles the remarkable history of anatomical illustration from the Renaissance to the digital ‘Visible Human’ project today. Its survey of five and a half centuries of meticulous visual description by anatomists and artists will be a welcome addition to the libraries of artists, art students, doctors and anyone interested in the history of science.

Starting with the groundbreaking drawings of Leonardo da Vinci – who was, uniquely, both a great artist and a great scientist – anatomical illustration developed into an important art form, one that contributed to both art and science.

Additional information

Weight 833 g
Dimensions 15.7 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 February 2011
Number of pages 344
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.7 x 23.1 cm
Weight 833 g


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Judy Folkenberg is a freelance writer. She is also a book artist, and binds and makes books by hand.

Benjamin A. Rifkin lives and works in New York City as a private art dealer specializing in Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Michael J. Ackerman is Assistant Director for High Performance Computing and Communications at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.