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[Cross Section of a Human Body]
90.8 x 35.2 cm (35 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. )
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Not on view
This life-size study of the human body, printed on blueprint paper, simultaneously maps both the body's hard [bone] and soft tissues [organs]. Standard x-ray images are incapable of recording soft tissue and thus it is believed that this photograph was made from a thin, perhaps frozen, human cross section. This extraordinary image is both a literal description of human form and a scientific representation of human function.
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