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Neck Muscles, plate three from Complete musculature in Natural Size and Color

A work made of color mezzotint with touches of engraving on cream laid paper, varnished.
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  • A work made of color mezzotint with touches of engraving on cream laid paper, varnished.

Date:

1746

Artist:

Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty
French, 1710-1781

About this artwork

Gautier D’Agoty used specimens first prepared by the former court surgeon Joseph-Guichard Duverney (1648–1730) for this book of human musculature that combines drama and scientific accuracy. Gautier signed Duverney’s name on his completed mezzotint plates to acknowledge the surgeon as the inventor of these anatomical compositions. Duverney likely prepared the dissected specimens with wax both to intensify their color and increase their longevity. The varnish Gautier used to turn his prints into “printed paintings” increased surface durability while also heightening the color saturation. As a result, the tone of these muscles and the relief of the veins in the Cranium study are particularly striking.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty

Title

Neck Muscles, plate three from Complete musculature in Natural Size and Color

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1746

Medium

Color mezzotint with touches of engraving on cream laid paper, varnished

Dimensions

Image/plate: 40 × 32 cm (15 3/4 × 12 5/8 in.); Sheet: 56 × 39.2 cm (22 1/16 × 15 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.535

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