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Posterior View of Muscle Man, plate nine from Complete Anatomy Course

A work made of color mezzotint, aquatint, and engraving on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of color mezzotint, aquatint, and engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1773

Artist:

Arnault Éloi Gautier D’Agoty
French, 1741-1780 or 1783

About this artwork

Jacques Gautier D’Agoty’s second son, Arnauld Éloi, advertised his relationship to the invention of printing in “natural colors” on the title page of his Complete Anatomy Course. This plate is the third of four views from that publication, which sequentially excavates the layers of a man’s front and back muscles. The book includes only one view of female anatomy (including the skin layer), and the text suggests that, as the subordinate gender, women were simply rounder versions of men. A brief discussion of female generative musculature reinforces the view that the anatomy of women was only important as it related to bearing children.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Arnauld Éloi Gautier d'Agoty

Title

Posterior View of Muscle Man, plate nine from Complete Anatomy Course

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1773

Medium

Color mezzotint, aquatint, and engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Plate: 54.8 × 40 cm (21 5/8 × 15 3/4 in.); Sheet: 61 × 45 cm (24 1/16 × 17 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2013.537

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