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Ideal pathologies : Jean-Marc Bourgery's Traité complet de l'anatomie de l'homme (1831-1854)

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dc.contributor.advisor David Friedman. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lo, Melissa en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-11T18:48:32Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-11T18:48:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/43902
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2008. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-140). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis takes as its subject a remarkable anatomical atlas produced between 1831 and 1854: the Traite complet de l'anatomie de l'homme. Authored jointly by anatomist Jean-Marc Bourgery and artist Nicolas Henri Jacob, the Traite proposed a re-visioning of the ideal body at a moment when the very notion of such a body was undergoing transformation on two fronts: aesthetic philosophy and medicine and surgery. Because of their transverse cuts through skin and viscera, and their equal treatment of proportions and surgical interventions, the treatise's lithographic plates challenged the stability of the ideal body, whose form had typically been exemplified by classical Greek statues (and their fragments) and heavily circulated through the disciplines of art history, archaeology and academic artistic practice. At the same time, the images smoothed over the tattered edges of the pathological specimens that had become the subject of much research, teaching, and treatment in the 19th-century Parisian medical school and clinic; consequently, the images were rendered null for medical theory and surgical practice. Through an investigation of five of the Traité's plates, this thesis underscores the fraught incommensurability of these images while also taking seriously how both anatomist and artist invested in the potential of representation to bridge the gap between the ideal and the dead. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Melissa Lo. en_US
dc.format.extent 163 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Ideal pathologies : Jean-Marc Bourgery's Traité complet de l'anatomie de l'homme (1831-1854) en_US
dc.title.alternative Jean-Marc Bourgery's Traité complet de l'anatomie de l'homme (1831-1854) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 263915234 en_US


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