Artatomical: The Human Eye, 1199 CE

BY Robert Lamb / POSTED June 10, 2014
Anatomy of the Eye (Werner Forman/Contributor/UIG/Getty Anatomy of the Eye (Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

Here’s another fantastic synthesis of art and anatomy, this time via Egypt in 1199 CE.  It’s the anatomy of the eye as illustrated in the Islamic medical manuscript of al Mutadibi.

Beautiful, isn’t it? I love how this work invokes a sense of iconography in its presentation of the flesh.

About the author: Robert Lamb is a senior writer and podcaster at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind with Julie Douglas. He has a love for monsters, an aversion to slugs and a hankering for electronic music.

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