Here's another dose of Artatomical for you, in which we stand back and consider the intersection of art and science in the realm of medical illustration. This time it's an illustration by German-American artist Max Brödel (1870-1941), from the 1922 text "Diseases of the Kidneys, Ureters and Bladder" by gynecologist Howard Atwood Kelly.
Brödel was a medical illustrator of the highest caliber. He studied gross anatomical and historical drawings at the Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts and was a stanch believer that in order to illustrate anatomy, one must understand anatomy. Here's a quote from the man himself on this revelation:
Brödel was quite the innovator as well. Having found all exiting mediums ineffective in capturing "the sparkling highlights that characterize wet, living tissue," he developed a new means of illustrating the anatomical details . His Carbon Dust and Stipple Board Technique entailed a special paper surfaced with heavy white layers of chalk or china clay. Here's how it went down, according to Max Brodel (1870-1941): His Artistic Influence on Surgical Learning at John Hopkins Medical School by Pia Pace-Asciak:
The above image of the T-shaped incision is startling in its detail and artistry, but it also seems to resonate with spiritual foreboding -- perhaps due to the influence of Dr. Kelly, the book's author and a fundamentalist Christian. We see an echo of the spear wound of Christ in the image, as well as "a sense of impending doom that lurked in the shadowy folds of every woman's tissue" [source: Pace-Asciak].