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Anatomy and Art
Humans have always been interested in the structure of the body and tried to study it by observing the living and the dead bodies. The accumulated knowledge is reflected in paintings, sculptures and other works of art.
Initially the knowledge was mostly of applied nature. An image of a mammoth on the wall of a cave with a prominent heart - this painting probably indicates to hunters where the spear hit to the mammoth.
Later anatomical drawings are acquiring more importance in terms of art than science. An example of this is a Japanese woodcut illustrations depicting the developmental stages (from left to right) according to the months of the embryo development (10 months). Women hold different flowers every month, that is considered a symbol of this period of pregnancy in Japan.
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