Andreas Vesalius, “The Dissector” 1514-1564.

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Andreas Vesalius was both honoured and reviled in his time, as he challenged the status quo of science and many prevailing dogmas.
His influence on the fields of medicine and anatomy has been profound. In these pages, you will learn more about the factors that shaped Vesalius’ train of thought and the anatomical revolution of which he was a driving force.
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Andreas Vesalius 1514-1564: the only authorized portrait
The Flemish physician Vesalius (1514–1564) was a highly skilled dissector who insisted on analysing human corpses rather than animal cadavers.
Vesalius vehemently refuted his teachers’ old methods, garnering enemies and searing criticism, but he did not give up on his quest.
He is best known for creating perhaps the world’s most influential book of anatomy, the De humani corporis fabrica, at the young age of 28.
Read on to learn more about this revolutionary genius.
The legacy of Vesalius’ comprehensive anatomical works would linger even into the next millennium.
His writings combined intricate detail with exquisite illustrations and he also took masterful advantage of the era’s new technologies in publishing.
These pages aim to help you better understand Vesalius’ background and how his work influenced the changing face of science.
via Biography | Vesalius.

“A Show of Hands”.

by Emily Sakzewsk
What do your hands say about you?
UK photographer Tim Booth believes the hands tell a more honest story about what a person has been through than faces.In an extensive photographic study, Booth has turned images of people’s hands into an alternative form of portraiture.
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Photo: Deborah Bull has danced before presidents, kings and queens, and on many occasions has had roles created especially for her. (Supplied: Tim Booth Photography)

“When you look at just the hands, your mind is free from pre-conceptions and is able to imagine the whole life of the person, their completeness, rather than just the aesthetic of a face,” he told the ABC.
He has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most well-known people, including England’s former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.But Booth is also intrigued by the not as well-known, everyday people with a lifetime of experience in their trade. Tom Kennedy: Baker Photo: Tom Kennedy, a baker for nearly half a century, had never taken a day off in 49 years. He lost the end of his finger in a bicycle accident when he was twelve. (Supplied: Tim Booth Photography) Frank Suarez: Mechanic Photo: Frank Suarez’s hands are extensions to the tools of his trade as a mechanic. He says they’re so ingrained with oil it takes him a week to get them completely clean. (Supplied: Tim Booth Photography) Since then, Booth has chosen his subjects based on their profession. He chooses people whose hands are intricately involved in the world they produce.“There were also just some people who I really wanted to photograph because of what they had managed to achieve in their lifetime, such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes the explorer who’s exploits are more or less legendary,” he said. Jonny Wilkinson: Former rugby player Photo: Jonny Wilkinson’s now famous pre-kick hands clasped gesture, developed over the years, helps him go to a place where he can drown out the mayhem and clear his mind. (Supplied: Tim Booth Photography) Nick Mason: Drummer Photo: In 1962 Nick Mason made some new friends at Poly: four years later they became Pink Floyd. He has drummed for somewhere between 15-20,000 hours. (Supplied: Tim Booth Photography.)
Read on further via A Show of Hands: Photographer Tim Booth captures raw and honest side through hand portraits – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“Theo”.

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Douglas Mcdougall is a geographer of the human face and psyche.
Charcoal-driven perceived notions bound to phrenological psychoanalytical surrealism is the method in which he records the life into his chosen subjects.
In his most recent series ‘A New God’, Theo (the bearded one) plays the Devil’s advocate out to confront new age society’s ails.
Like the anthropomorphic being Golem (from Jewish folklore), or modern day Frankenstein, he is mobilised, pushed out into the forum to confront the only God in man that can lead us through the ever perpetuating paradigm of life.
Inside and outside of who we are, what we achieve and what we do to one another as a the primary species.
The mark of man’s ‘ego’ has always set the terms, ploughed the patterns of education, construction of life and contradictory deconstruction within the human evolutionary pathways.
Is it not wisdom, imagination and willpower that is the only true God, and everything else is just that; everything else…
You are your new God.
‘by carving into the paper in a particular way, one can feel the power and the magic and the luck. The face is a mirror of the soul – for better or worse. Portraiture is my way of understanding and encapsulating the ongoing museum of human experience, to show who we really are, body and spirit’.
Douglas Mc Dougall learned how to draw as a child to pass the time while going in and out of hospitals with a blood disease. He spent countless hours in hospital wards trying to draw his surroundings, and the experience fueled his passion for art.
In his younger years, the 50-year-old artist used to do a lot of pen and ink illustration work during the night, after coming home from his day job, but eventually settled on charcoal as his medium of choice. He is currently based in Scotland.
See more via A New God.

Portraits: “It’s Good We’re Different”.

19-best-portrait-photographyPortrait photography: portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject.
Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.
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See more portraits via 25 Awesome Portrait Photography examples – Webneel
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“Disguises, Stunning Body Painting.”

From the very good LSD Magazine Website. And yes they are stunning.
Click the Link below to see more:
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via Stunning Body Painting – PT.1 | LSD Magazine.

“Black Light Bodies” by John Poppleton.

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Artist John Poppleton continues to utilize the human body as a canvas when painting stunning landscapes that glow under black lights.
From summery African savannas to energetic lightning storms, the body painter has the ability to capture various mesmerizing scenes on the curves of the human physique.
These radiant vistas are centered on a subject’s back, but branch off to include the arms, legs, and even head.
Some Bodyscapes also feature more than one person, showcasing Poppleton’s skilled abilities and the human form’s great potential.
Body2“Coming from a photographic background, I want my paintings to be as photorealistic as possible,” the artist wrote on Bored Panda. “In a darkened studio, I’m literally painting with light.
From the artist’s perspective, it becomes a very surreal and even spiritual experience.
” Those that view photos of Poppleton’s work can experience similar feelings as they gaze upon an illuminated figure who is decked out in incredible imagery.
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via Stunning Body Paintings Glow under Black Lights – My Modern Met.