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Artistic Anatomy

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Artistic Anatomy is widely acknowledged to be the greatest book of its kind since the Renaissance. The original French edition, now a rare collector's item, was published in 1889 and was probably used as a resource by Renoir, Braque, Degas, Bazille, and many others. The English-language edition, first published 35 years ago, brings together the nineteenth century's greates ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1986 by Watson-Guptill
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Danielle Freeman
Jul 22, 2014 Danielle Freeman rated it liked it
Though this book is widely hailed as a classic, I actually am not too enthusiastic about it. If you are thinking of purchasing this book, then you must know that 1) the majority of the visual reference material is concentrated in the back of the book, 2) this is not a book on the actual practice of drawing the human form, and 3) the vast majority of this book is composed of detailed medical data and terms. With that disclaimer out of the way, on to the actual review.

Though the writing is heavy o
John Pattillo
Mar 01, 2013 John Pattillo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all figurative artists
Recommended to John by: Schuler school of Fine Arts
A medical anatomist studies anatomy from the aspect of the healthy biological functioning of the body, and then of its malfunctioning. The artistic anatomist studies anatomy from the aspect of the visual appearance of the body, and from this establishes a canon of beauty.

An artist includes and deliberately leaves out aspects of the visual body in order to produce the image he seeks to project. Richer’s book, in text and images, gives an artist a superb grounding in those things he needs to kno
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Jan 27, 2010 Joel Dougherty rated it it was amazing
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Comprehensive anatomy for artists. Detailed plates. Drawings are well-proportioned and studied.
Houssam Moughrabi
Le meilleur method de l'anatomie artistique . .. je l'ai lu et dessine tous
Mar 06, 2011 Stef rated it it was amazing
Excellent and detailed. Great illustrations of bones/muscles composition.
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