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Study, Charité, Berlin

A work made of inkjet print.

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  • A work made of inkjet print.




Thomas Struth
German, born 1954

About this artwork

This photograph, taken at the pathology studio of the Berlin Museum of Medical History at Charité Hospital, shows a display of moulages—three–dimensional hand–painted wax molds of diseased, injured, or malformed body parts. They were used frequently in the 19th century, before the widespread use of color photography, and, although few know the craft today, remain a useful educational tool. This found arrangement recalls drawing studies done by artists since the Renaissance. In Struth’s words, the image also offers a meditation on the medical world as “one field of technology, where the different interpretations of existence—physical, psychological, spiritual—come together or clash.”


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Thomas Struth


Study, Charité, Berlin


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 2015


Inkjet print


1 of 6


Unmarked recto; inscribed and signed verso, on backboard, upper center, in black ink: -Study- / Charité, Berlin 2015 / 1/6 / Thomas Struth ; signed verso, on sticker affixed to backboard, center, in black ink: Thomas Struth


Image: 94 × 126 cm (37 1/16 × 49 5/8 in.); Frame: 133.6 × 101.6 × 4.5 cm (52 5/8 × 40 × 1 13/16 in.)

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Amanda Taub Veazie Acquisition Fund; through prior purchase with funds provided by of Harold Joachim in memory of Kathleen W. Harvey

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