Anatomy: Exploring the Human Body: Phaidon Editors

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A stunning tribute to our eternal fascination with the human body – and the latest in the bestselling 'Explorer' Collection

Anatomy: Exploring the Human Body is a visually compelling survey of more than 5,000 years of image-making. Through 300 remarkable works, selected and curated by an international panel of anatomists, curators, academics, and specialists, the book chronicles the intriguing visual history of human anatomy, showcasing its amazing complexity and our ongoing fascination with the systems and functions of our bodies. Exploring individual parts of the human body from head to toe, and revealing the intricate functions of body systems, such as the nerves, muscles, organs, digestive system, brain, and senses, this authoritative book presents iconic examples alongside rarely seen, breathtaking works. The 300 entries are arranged with juxtapositions of contrasting and complementary illustrations to allow for thought-provoking, lively, and stimulating reading.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 344 pp
  • Illustrations: 300 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714879888

Professor Thomas Schnalke is director of the Berliner Medizinhistorischen Museums der Charité.

"An astonishing range of medical illustrations, ancient artifacts, contemporary art and microscopic views form around the world... The kaleidoscopic volume inspires genuine awe."—The New York Times Book Review

"The massive volume... Displays, in democratic profusion, more than 250 attempts at anatomical visualization."—The Wall Street Journal

"Visually interesting."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Fascinating."—Art Quarterly