ART OF ANIMAL ANATOMYDAVID BAINBRIDGE Book Number: 90563 Product format: Paperback
Dissected and depicted to horrify, educate and enthral, the animal body has been picked apart in this extraordinary handbook of ancient sketches from Da Vinci and Dürer, George Stubbs and the horse striped bare, a bewildering menagerie from the 16th to 19th centuries of animals and the anatomy of vertebrates, animal locomotion, the development of the embryo and the development of race and the wonders of life since 1900. Aside from the obvious technical proficiency and anatomical accuracy of the images, some are perfectly posed to capture the personalities for example of a dog or a lion. See Edward Tyson's (1650-1708) Orangutan, and the anatomy of a pygmie compared with that of a monkey or a man 1699 or his Chimpanzee Skeleton. Here are sharks, dog and sheep placenta, the topographical anatomy of the thorax and abdomen of the horse 1922 in full colour, a vertical view through the centre of the front toe of the horse or the arteries wriggling through a horse's head when a surgeon had probably reached a surgical point of no return. French veterinarian Lafosse shows a shockingly realistic horse suspended from the ceiling, flayed and eviscerated, the colon draped on the floor in a pool of blood. The anatomical imagery has a unified artistic tone in many of these engravings. There are sketches and notebooks and cutaways and drawings and series of photographs such as Animal Locomotion 1887 by Muybridge and in colour images the blood vessel configuration of a duck, the biomechanics of a high jumping horse, and a comparison of genomes in a colour chart from 2013 comparing human, chimp, mouse and zebrafish. 256 pages in softback, packed with artworks, colour.
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