In these three short films, Ludmilla Jordanova and William Schupbach discuss the production, use, and circulation of a range of anatomical images and texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the Wellcome Collection. With a focus on works by Joseph Maclise and his predecessors, the discussants consider the aesthetic, scientific, and philosophical contexts in which anatomists and artists made images of the inside of the human body. They also discuss the professional networks involved in the production of William Hunter’s The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus, Richard Quain’s The Anatomy of the Arteries of the Human Body, Maclise’s Surgical Anatomy, among others. By turning pages, examining binding, deciphering inscriptions, and comparing editions, Jordanova and Schupbach engage with the materiality of the atlases, reminding us that they functioned as both working objects and collectors’ items.
Joseph Maclise's Anatomical Atlases: His Works and InfluencesDOI
William Hunter's Atlas of Human “Gravid Uterus”: The Production and Uses of AtlasesDOI
Joseph Maclise's Anatomical Atlases: The Scientific and Intellectual Contexts of Anatomical ProductionDOI
About the authors
Jonathan Law is a filmmaker, researcher and lecturer who works with the Centre on a freelance basis. As Research Fellow and Filmmaker, Jonathan is responsible for developing and producing collaborative research-led film content for the Paul Mellon Centre’s research publications and for special public screenings. Some of his recent work includes The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation With Contemporary Art (2019, 17min), The Atmospherics of Leighton House (2018, 6min) and short films for the award-winning digital publication The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018 (2018, various duration).
Amongst other current projects Jonathan is currently developing a film, with Rosie Ram and Mark Hallett, on the collage of Nigel Henderson, for display as part of the Tate Britain display Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage (opening December 2019). Jonathan regularly contributes peer-reviewed film content to British Art Studies, the PMC’s award-winning, open-access online research journal.
Jonathan has produced films for institutions including the Yale Center for British Art (on the work of artists George Shaw and Nicola Hicks), Tate (on Barbara Hepworth), and the Heong Gallery at Cambridge University (on British modernist painting). His films have been screened at Tate Liverpool, the Esker Foundation in Calgary, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz and at the Culture Capital Exchange Inside/Out festival in London.
Jonathan was recently Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and has also taught Essay Filmmaking (The Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck College), Media and Film Production (University of West London), History and Philosophy of Photography (University of Kent), and Art History, Criticism and Communication (Central Saint Martins). Jonathan also delivered lectures and exhibition tours for ten years at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Jonathan’s scholarly research has been particularly focused on cinema and multisensory culture. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Art from the University of Kent, a PGCHE from the University of Kent, an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium (University of London) and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Wolverhampton.
Ludmilla Jordanova is Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture at Durham University, which she joined in 2013. She was Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture there between 2015 and 2019, and in 2020 and 2021. Her training was in the history and philosophy of science, and art history and theory. Recent publications include History in Practice (3rd ed., 2019) and the co-edited volume Writing Visual Histories (2020), to which she also contributed a chapter on the visual culture of the Royal College of Physicians in London. In 2001–2009, she was a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery in London and then served as a trustee of the Science Museum Group in 2011–2021. She writes about the cultural history of science and medicine, portraiture, and the nature of historical practice.
William Schupbach is a member of the Research Development Team at the Wellcome Collection, and has previously held other posts in the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road in London. There he has been involved in acquiring new works for the collection, organising exhibitions, supporting research in the collection, and building up the online catalogue of the Wellcome collections of prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings. He has published on various aspects of historical iconography.
- 18 July 2021
- One Object
- Review status
- Peer Reviewed (Double Blind)
- CC BY-NC International 4.0
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- Jonathan Law, Ludmilla Jordanova, William Schupbach, "Anatomy in Context: Conversations in the Wellcome Collection, London", British Art Studies, Issue 20, https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-20/jlaw