Peeling back the surface of human existence to reveal what lies under the skin.
This ‘pop-up’ exhibition explores the art and science of anatomical illustration from the medieval world to the present day.
As a species we are fascinated by the contents of our complex and fragile bodies. Throughout time physicians, surgeons, artists and printers have developed tools and techniques to identify and understand what is hidden inside the human form, from ancient woodcuts to contemporary three-dimensional imaging.
The results – masterpieces of artistry and technology – capture the beautiful and unsettling shapes, structures and textures of organs, bones and tissues. Rarely seen drawings, books and objects from the Royal College of Physicians outstanding library, archive and museum collections go on public display in this unique show. Running for six weeks only from 1st February 2019, and accompanied by a programme of events and late openings, this thrilling exhibition provides a glimpse into the astonishing story of anatomy, and centuries of human attempts to understand the mysteries of our own bodies.
Under the skin: illustrating the human body is on until March 15th.