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Science and the changing conventions of anatomical representation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2017 (English)In: Death:  A Graveside Companion (London: Thames & Hudson, 2017), London: Thames & Hudson, 2017Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Death is an inevitable fact of life. Throughout the centuries, humanity has sought to understand this sobering thought through art and ritual. The theme of memento mori informs medieval Danse Macabre, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Renaissance paintings of dissected corpses and “anatomical Eves,” Gothic literature, funeral effigies, Halloween, and paintings of the Last Judgment. Deceased ancestors are celebrated in the Mexican Day of the Dead, while the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to secure their afterlife. Yet the representation of the dead is intrinsically tied to conventions of representation, ideology, politics and social practices.

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London: Thames & Hudson, 2017.
Keyword [en]
history of anatomy, history of medicine, death, memento mori, medical illustration, scientific illustration, medical imaging
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History of Technology Cultural Studies
Research subject
History of Art; History of Sciences and Ideas; History; Human Anatomy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345196ISBN: 0500519714 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-345196DiVA, id: diva2:1188691
Available from: 2018-03-08 Created: 2018-03-08 Last updated: 2018-03-08

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