Research point-Underlying structure of the body

The human body is such a complex world which involves science and medicine and it also has a fascinated art through its area. The human anatomy gives lots of knowledge for the artist to pursue development in many different ways.

The influence of anatomy has been known from Renaissance.

Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519)

Leonardo da Vinci – the Anatomical Artis

Painting is one of the occupations of Da Vinci. He is also excellent in his areas of interest including architecture, science, mathematics, anatomy, and geology etc.

He didn’t give many articles of completed works (maybe 20 pieces) but he left thousands of pages of notes and drawings which are about the underlying structure of the body. These accurate anatomical sketches gave an opportunity for people to discover for hundreds of years.

He was crazy on anatomists because he was very curious about the human body. He found out the different muscle groups and tendons. So he can accurately draw the article “Vitruvian Man”. This picture has been referenced by many areas of art.

Michelangelo ( 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564)

Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)
Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)

Michelangelo focuses on research of the structure, gravity, and energy movement. His works style is with performance, strength, and momentum.

I have read an article “The Creation of Adam” which forms part of the “Sistine Chapel Ceiling”.

The near-touching hands of God and Adam have become iconic of humanity. It seems to pass the power that the God is giving the knowledge to the first human.

Some people thought Michelangelo used anatomy for this work and others. There is a book called “A Arte Secreta de Michelangelo” which unscramble what the doctors’ thoughts were and their opinions. 

Contemporary artists:

Stuart Morris 1/9/2017

Morris draws muscles on the top of the images of human and plaster models. This way is very interesting and inspirational from the artist. I like this way of impressions because it shows the mystique function of the human body. There are blood and muscles supporting the functions.

Lynn Skordal

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Mixed Media by Lynn Skordal 1/9/217

Skordal used strong red thread sewing for the pattern on an anatomy image. This human figure arch his neck, his head and his shoulder blades are pushed back. The image also shows the comments around it.

For the neck part, Skordal used many stitches for the arteries but leaves the muscles showing their function.

The red stitches are just like blood vessels. On the top of the head, they also drop down. What does Skordal think? They are for hair or some special thoughts?

Why did she choose these two kinds of medias? Are they contrasting sharply between these two materials?

It is a very interesting work that brings out lots of images in my mind.



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