Under the skin: illustrating the human body
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9am-5pm
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Under the skin: illustrating the human body

6 February – 15 March 2019

Physicians, surgeons, artists and printers have developed tools and techniques to illustrate human anatomy, and to communicate what is hidden inside the human form. From simple woodcuts to high-tech MRI scans, their greatest challenge has been to represent the layers of the three-dimensional body on the two-dimensional screen or page.

Their efforts are masterpieces of art and science. The drawings, books and objects from the RCP library, archive and museum collections displayed  in this exhibition capture beautiful and unsettling interpretations of the shapes, structures and textures of organs and tissues.

Visit the exhibition to explore the artistry and innovation of anatomical illustration from the medieval world to the present day.

Part of Thinking 3D, an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and communication of three-dimensionality and its impact on the arts and sciences.

Free entry

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Sibson
Drawing of a male torso. Francis Sibson, c.1840–1860. © Royal College of Physicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting information

The exhibition will be open from 1 February - 15 March 2019, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm and is free to visit. Pre-booking is not required, however groups larger than 6 people are required to pre-book a guided tour with museum staff. Please check the website for 2019 closure days before you visit.

Scarpa
Tabulae neurologicae. Antonio Scarpa, published Pavia, 1794. © Royal College of Physicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public programme

Artists Under the Skin

Exhibition launch and lecture, Wednesday 6 February 2019

Annette Wickham, curator of works on paper at the Royal Academy of Arts will talk about artists’ engagement with anatomy, and the ways they have devised for representing the three dimensionality of the body. Booking information to follow.

‘Under the skin’ lates

Curator tours and late opening until 8pm

  • Thursday 7 February 2019, ‘Colour our collections’
  • Thursday 7 March 2019

Exhibition tours

Guided tours of the exhibition are available to book for groups between 6-25 people, Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm subject to staff availability. Tour charges can vary depending on the content and duration which can be tailored to your group's interest. Student groups are usually free. We are now booking tours until April 2019. For tours enquiries, email history@rcplondon.ac.uk

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