Anatomical drawing

Weekend-long practical course

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  • 3 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 4 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Benjamin Robert Haydon, A sheet of anatomical drawings of the bones, muscles and tendons of the arms and hands, ca.1805.

Off-white (darker through deterioration) laid paper. 32.40 x 47.30 cm. Bequeathed by Gilbert Bakewell Stretton, 1949 Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Artist, writer, broadcaster Dr Sarah Simblet will lead a detailed examination of the human body, explored through the eyes of the artist. With particular reference to physicality and aesthetic beauty, Sarah Simblet will make use of works from the RA’s historic teaching collection, as well as life models, to explore this complex subject matter.

“The study of human anatomy is so much more than the naming of parts and the understanding of their function; it is a celebration of our wondrous physicality in the word. The biological complexity of the body can be weighed against its aesthetic beauty, so that the life that drives us is seen to ripple and pulse above and below the boundary of skin. Art is the perfect tool for revealing such knowledge. Throughout history, artists have used their trained eyes to look deep into our lives and into our very existence. They have given much to the history of medicine and they have also removed the taboo from seeing too much.

The body has always been a core subject for the artist, be it to honour God, or to question and doubt the very nature of humanity itself. Artists and anatomists have for centuries shared their views and have contributed equally to our knowledge. The excitement and sense of achievement evident in learning about the body is always a palpable delight; to gain the ability with a pencil or pen to catch the perfection of form and reveal its magnificent machinery is highly rewarding. Anatomy is a very potent subject and the subject is us.”

Abstract taken from Anatomy for the Artist by Dr Sarah Simblet, published by Dorling Kindersley (2001).

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  • 3 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 4 March 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch, and wine reception at the end of the second day.

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