Encyclopaedia Anatomica (Know thyself) by Monika von During and Marta Poggesi; published by Taschen, distributed in New Zealand by New Holland Publishers ($39.99))
Review by Nikki Slade Robinson
Muscle and bone. Sinew and skin. Skeletal and semi-skeletal figures. Sections of bodies and organs. Views inside the human body. Is it art or science? Is it sinister and macabre or enlightening and educating? Look at the tableau depicting the plague – macabre? Or the page showing details of the inner ear – enlightening? Take your pick.
Encyclopaedia Anatomica was created by Marta Poggesi and Monika van During. From 1969 to 2009 Poggesi, a biologist, was the curator of La Specola, an eccentric museum in Florence, doing research as well as managing and cataloguing the collection. Van During is Professor Emeritus of Neuroanatomy and the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.
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