Mechthild Fend & Anita Guerrini
Renaissance Skin Reading Group
Join us to explore the relationship between anatomy and art in interrogating and constructing early modern concepts of skin.
The Renaissance Skin Reading Group will meet for the first time to discuss the relationship between anatomy and art in interrogating and constructing early modern concepts of skin. We will read selections from two recent works:
- Mechthild Fend, Fleshing Out Surfaces; Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850 (Manchester University Press, 2017): Introduction and Chapter 6
- Anita Guerrini, The Courtiers' Anatomists; Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris (Chicago, 2105): Introduction and Chapter 3
event is open to participants from any discipline and at any stage of study. To
attend, please register by emailing the team (see Contact page). The readings will be circulated
in advance, once registered. We encourage anyone to bring materials, images,
anecdotes, and ideas for discussion. There is no deadline to register but
attendance will be guaranteed on a first-come first-served basis.
Image: A surgeon preparing to let blood by cupping, his apprentice warming the cupping glass. Oil painting attributed to Jan Baptist Lambrechts © Wellcome Library, London