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The Body Inside and Out: Anatomical Literature and Art Theory: Selections from the National Gallery of Art Library
July 24, 2010 – January 23, 2011
West Building, Ground Floor, Gallery G21

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 17 anatomy-related books selected from the rare book collection of the National Gallery of Art Library were shown in this exhibition. Included were treatises on human proportion and beauty, manuals on drawing and painting, and anatomical atlases. Among illustrations in the volumes were works by Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jean Cousin.

Organization: The installation was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Yuri Long, rare book specialist, National Gallery of Art Library, was curator.

Brochure: The Body Inside and Out: Anatomical Literature and Art Theory, by Yuri Long. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2010.

Image: Jehan Cousin, c. 1522–c. 1593, Livre de pourtraittre de maistre Iean Cousin peintre et geometrien tres-excellent, Paris, 1608, woodcut, A.W. Mellon New Century Fund