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Connecting Art and Science: The Historical Influence of Culture on Anatomic Studies

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Speaker
Kevin Petti San Diego Miramar College
When
10 February 2014 from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Where
112 Chambers Building
Host
John Waters and the Center for Excellence in Science Education, Eberly College of Science
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Human dissection

Italy's medieval universities established the study of human anatomy for physicians. To heighten their art, Renaissance masters clandestinely examined anatomy through human dissection. The profound connection between art and science is best demonstrated by the genius of Michelangelo. Indeed, the wooden crucifix he carved in gratitude for secret access to corpses from a convent’s hospital still hangs in the Basilica of Santo Spirito in Florence. His anatomical knowledge explains why many believe human organs are depicted in the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Human structure was also elegantly illustrated by the early physicians of the Near and Far East. This lecture tells a 2500 year-old story of anatomy as an academic discipline, and its connection to art and culture. From ancient India, the Middle East, and Japan, to the rise of the modern universities in medieval Europe, the history of anatomic studies is an interdisciplinary and multicultural saga.