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Anatomy and Art Research Guide


This research guide accompanies the Getty Research Institute exhibition Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy (February 22 – July 10, 2022) and contains select bibliographies of primary and secondary sources related to:

  • Books, articles, exhibition catalogs, and online exhibitions focusing on anatomy and art.
  • Illustrated anatomy books, mainly European, published in the 16th to 19th centuries used by medical practitioners and artists.
  • Printed drawing manuals which give examples of the human figure along with numerous other subjects.

More primary resources including illustrated anatomy atlases are available in the Getty Research Portal Virtual Collection of Anatomy and Art.

Salvage, Jean-GalbertAnatomie du gladiateur combattant, applicable aux beaux arts; ou, Traité des os, des muscles, du mécanisme des mouvemens, des proportions et des caractères du corps humain. Paris: Jean-Galbert Salvage & l’imprimerie de Mame, 1812. Getty Research Institute, 85-B12146. Click on the image to view a digitized copy of the book.