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Cranial Dissection, plate five from Anatomy of the Head, in Printed Paintings

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:

1748

Artist:

Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty
French, 1710-1781

About this artwork

In the dedication of his book, to King Louis XV, Gautier D’Agoty justified his subject matter in true Enlightenment form by pointing out that the head most differentiates men from animals and is “the Temple of Wisdom, and Sanctuary of Virtue.” Gautier offered his “printed paintings” to the king as a substitute for observing the dissected specimens in person: “YOUR MAJESTY would not deign to cast his eyes on these marvels from too close and affecting a distance. I present them to you faithfully printed after nature. My burin will save you the horror that nature itself would inspire in you.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty

Title

Cranial Dissection, plate five from Anatomy of the Head, in Printed Paintings

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1748

Medium

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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2013.536

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