Eyes, hands, hearts: Anatomy, aesthetics, and the organization of life in the Hunterian Museums


Event Date: 18 May 2017
Keynes Library
43 Gordon Sq
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
London WC1H 0PD

Birkbeck School of Arts Presents:

Birkbeck Arts Week 2017

Eyes, hands, hearts: Anatomy, aesthetics, and the organization of life in the Hunterian Museums

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.

Introduction by Dr Emily Senior (Birkbeck):

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