Feb. 5, 2021

Ep.50 - Richard Barnett - The Theatre of Anatomy

Drawing on the images collected in his award-winning book, Richard Barnett explores a corpus of art that is beautiful and morbid, singular and sublime.


Between the French Revolution and WWI, Europe and America witnessed a golden age of medical image-making. The first generation of mass-market anatomical and pathological textbooks and atlases offered crisp, detailed colour illustrations of the human body in health and sickness, but they also embodied – literally – a revolution in ideas about life, disease and death.

Drawing on the images collected in his award-winning book – a collaboration between the Wellcome Library and Thames & Hudson – Richard Barnett explores a corpus of art that is beautiful and morbid, singular and sublime.

Speaker: Dr Richard Barnett (Independent Scholar).


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