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Eyes, hands, hearts: Anatomy, aesthetics, and the organization of life in t...

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Keynes Library, Birkbeck, School of Arts

43 Gordon Square London

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What is the place of aesthetics in the foundations of science? A visit to the Hunterian Museums in London or Glasgow will certainly involve gazing upon eerily back-lit glass bottles holding anatomical preparations. This talk examines the work of William Hunter and his younger brother John, two of the most important anatomists of the eighteenth century. Dahlia Porter (University of Glasgow) will assess museum displays of preserved organs alongside manuscript catalogues and plans, plaster casts, chalk drawings, and engravings – visual resources which contributed to the emergence of comparative anatomy.

This event is part of Arts Week 2017 - see the full programme here.

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