Vanitas Dissected

Vanitas Dissected
Friday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Fenimore Auditorium

How have artists and doctors collaborated in their study of the human body over time and what have they learned from each other? In this lecture, we will trace anatomical exploration and representation from its origins, through its flourishing in the Renaissance, to its technical, and artistic transformation in the 20th century. We also will examine how cultural context has greatly influenced the understanding of the human body in both medicine and art, and the close interrelationship between the two fields. We will cover a range of influential people and topics, including Leonardo da Vinci, Vesalius, Rembrandt, Picasso, Netter, Serrano and von Hagen, as well as ancient embalming practices, religious attitudes, gender perspectives, X-rays, CT scans, refrigeration, and dissection.


Artist’s Biography

Allison Hill-Edgar is an artist and MD whose enduring interest is the human figure. She has studied drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and Art History in the US, Japan, Italy, France and Russia. In 1994, she earned a BA in Fine Arts from Harvard College. In 2003, she earned an MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; she completed her internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and obtained her medical license in 2004. Since that time, she has dedicated herself to a full-time career as an artist. In 2017, she earned an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Hill-Edgar currently resides and works in New York City and Cooperstown, NY.


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