[Cross Section of a Human Body]

Artist:
Unknown
Date:
1920s
Medium:
Cyanotype
Dimensions:
90.8 x 35.2 cm (35 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. )
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.351
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.
[Winter Works on Paper, New York]

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has a similar print in their collection (2014.681).