The Human Body Revealed
- By: Daniel Engber
For this exhibition artists have tried to create a model of the human body by combining real images with hand-drawn pictures, to “show the body, not as medical illustrations, but as it actually is.” That is to say, the artists have taken anatomical data from magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and electron microscopy, reconstructed it in three dimensions, and then added colour, shadows, and shapes by hand. The result, they say, “Is the art in science: to turn science into art.”
The images come from the latest book by the journalist and impresario Alexander Tsiaras, whose Anatomical Travelogue company produces multimedia medical content for print and television. The inside cover of the new book, which was released on the day the exhibition opened in November, modestly likens Tsiaras to Andreas Vesalius.
The first picture in the exhibit shows the endocrine system of a man embracing a pregnant woman. Anatomical images