Michelangelo used images of human anatomy throughout his work. Nearly the entire body is there, albeit in pieces. Michelangelo began his career with extensive dissections of human corpses and ended his career talking about illustrating an anatomy book. He was hinting, as the anatomy was already there in his art. Perhaps at the time he made the art, he worried that it was too dangerous for his own person to reveal the secular anatomy theme. At the time, Renaissance scholars were studying human anatomy and trying to work out how the organs functioned. Many of them, like Leonardo da Vinci and Vesalius, self-published using their art. Herein are some of Michelangelo's "self-published" contributions, human anatomy in his art and self-portraits, in the Sistine Chapel, paintings, and sculpture.
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Sue Binkley Tatem, Ph.D. was "first girl" of Broomfield High School's first high school class in 1962 (Colorado). She earned her B.A. in Biology in 1966 from the University of Colorado (Boulder) with Honors, summa cum laude; studied biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas; and received her Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1971. After a postdoctoral fellowship at NIH in Bethesda, she was Professor of Biology at Temple University for 22 years. She is author of four science books (The Pineal, Prentice Hall, 1988; The Clockwork Sparrow, Prentice Hall, 1990; Endocrinology, Harper Collins College Publishers, 1995; Biological Clocks, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1997), The Michener Companion (Xlibris, 2009), and Michelangelo: Faces and Anatomy in his Art (Xlibris 2010). Tatem's paintings can be found online: http://www.aspenpetpals.com/SueTatem.com/index.html, and www.youtube.com/watchtv=Jsy5TYiCcuM
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