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The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy

A National Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre

Sat 10 Jan – Sat 14 Mar 1998

This exhibition is curated by Deanna Petherbridge. It features the imagery of anatomical illustration ranging from the macabre to the fantastical and from fine drawings to prints. This forgotten world of bizarre and beautiful bodily representation has shadowed the fine arts for several centuries since the High Renaissance. By bringing historical illustrations, diagrams and almanacs together with the work of contemporary artists, the exhibition looks at the various ways we have depicted human anatomy and the unique partnership of art and science that these images represent. Included are works by Michelangelo, George Stubbs and William Hogarth as well as works by twentieth century artists including Helen Chadwick, Mark Quinn and Cindy Sherman.