Anatomical studies (for artists)
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The study of anatomy for painters and sculptors is now referred to as anatomy for artists (German Künstleranatomie) or as plastic anatomy. During the 15th and 16th centuries notomía or anatomia (Italian) could mean instruction in anatomy both for artists and for students of medicine. Still in the 17th century paraphrases were used, such as anatomie accommodée aux arts de peinture et de sculpture. In the second half of the 18th century the Italian terms anatomia esterna and anatomia artistica formed out of these, as also did various expressions in English, such as “anatomy…

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Röhrl, Boris, “Anatomical studies (for artists)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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