Saturday, 24 September 2011

I saw your body in four halves

Absolutely beautiful illustrations of the cross section of the body by Christian Wilhelm Braune (1831 - 1897). These soft detailed drawings briefly distract me from the thought that it must have been quite a feat to saw this body flat down the Saggital plane of the body as they did. This was in order to study the centre(s) of gravity upon the human body; I also recall reading that prints would then be made of its basic contours to aid the drawing by placing the paper on the freshly cut plane.