Embodied/Disembodied, NYU Literature, Arts and Medicine Blog


“Commentary by Joyce Cutler-Shaw, ¬†Artist in Residence, School of Medicine of the University of California San Diego

History is story telling with images embedded in memory. The history of anatomy is a history of human representation: how we are seen and how we see ourselves. Visual images are continually shaped and re-shaped by the enthusiasms and preconceptions of the present. The visual representations of the history of anatomy are an extraordinary record of our evolving self-images, public and private, cultural and social. As historian Martin Kemp has written, in observing the connections of medical science and art, ‘No field is richer in metaphor than the body.’ ”


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