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Art of Anatomy


In a unique blending between the sciences and the arts, Warwick are delivering a series which looks to discover the links between anatomy and art throughout history.

Each of the evenings will be begin with a talk by one of our own academics on an area of history, or an influential anatomist, and then be passed over to one of our local artists who will be delivering an practical art class based around the talk subject.

20th August 2019 5pm to 9pm - Rehearsal Room 3

(Music Room 3, Music Block, Westwood)

Ancient Sculpture - Delivered by Nick Brown and Tanya Kozin - Art Class: Sculpture

"Images, regardless of their creator’s claims to verisimilitude, accuracy, or realism, are always expressions of the artist’s understanding of their subject. Indeed, representing things as they are has been a concern for artists and scientists alike since before the distinction between these expertise even existed. Artists such as Lysippos, Polykleitos, and Praxiteles all created their own ways of representing the body in sculpture: all different, but all considered ‘realistic’ by modern art historians. They can’t all be ‘realistic’- can they? This session will explore ancient sculpture’s relation to reality in order to ask questions about the practice of medical illustration, its aims, and its achievements. It will prompt attendees to consider the relative importance of reality and creativity in order for them to critically make a judgement about what is ‘scientific’ about medical illustrations."

3rd September 2019 6pm to 9pm - Rehearsal Room 3

(Music Room 3, Music Block, Westwood)

Da Vinci - Delivered by Prof. Lorenzo Pericolo and Neil Moore - Art Class: Drawing

"As an artist trained in a Florentine workshop, Leonardo da Vinci early on had earned a good knowledge of anatomy. During his first sojourn in Milan (1482–1499), Leonardo focused on anatomy with greater enthusiasm and decided to write a treatise on the human body in relation with painting. Over time, he managed to conduct his own anatomical dissections. Many drawings attest to his activity as an anatomist. Our session will discuss Leonardo's anatomical interests in relation to the arts."

**Please be aware that these events will be using live models**

To maintain a productive learning environment during the art class, space is limited to 14 people per session. Please only sign up if you are sure that you will be able to attend. We are expecting this event to be incredibly popular, so will be creating a wait-list of people who are interested.

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