Under the skin: Anatomy, art and identity, Royal College of Physicians – 10 October 2019 to 2 April 2020

Peeling back the surface of existence to reveal what lies under the skin. An exhibition exploring the unsettling beauty of the human body from the medieval age to the contemporary world.

As a species we are fascinated by the contents of our complex and fragile bodies.

Throughout time physicians, surgeons, artists and printers have developed diverse techniques to represent the layers of our three-dimensional physicality. From ancient woodcuts to 21st century scans, anatomical models to sculptures, x-rays to films: all have the power to evoke feelings of delight, disgust, fascination and horror.

The show features works from a dozen contemporary artists, displayed alongside more than 60 rarely-seen drawings, books and objects from the Royal College of Physicians’ outstanding collections spanning over 500 years.

Together they tell the story of anatomy, provide personal and emotional reflections on medical images of the human form, and provoke questions of power and consent.

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