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Wyeth and the symbolism of immobility

Kierstin Utter Detroit, MI, USA Kyle Utter New York, NY, USA   Sketches of Teel’s Island. Pen and ink and watercolor. 10 3/8 x 7 3/16”. June 19, 1954. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Phelps. Hofer, Philip, and Andrew Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth: Dry Brush and Pencil Drawings, a Loan Exhibition Organized by the Fogg […]

The incidental reach of pattern in Medicine and Art

Eric Will United Kingdom   “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a(n artist’s) Heaven for? . . .” — After Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto,” 1855 1,2 (author’s italics)   Figure 1. The Birth of the Virgin. 1342 Pietro Lorenzetti. Museo dell’Opera, Duomo, Siena. Wikimedia Commons. The bedside is a […]

The artistic depiction of Christ’s crucifixion: history meets biomechanics

Mark Ransom Johnson City, Tennessee, USA   Crucifixion (1430), Hans Von Tubingen, Punkstall Medieval Collection, Vienna, Austria. In Von Tubingen’s work, Crucifixion, Jesus is seen nailed through the hands on a 20+ foot Tau cross, while the thieves to His side are bound by ropes to their patibulums. The artistic depiction of the crucifixion of […]

A picture of ill-health: the illness of Elizabeth Siddal

Emily Boyle Dublin, Ireland   Fig. 1 Ophelia, Sir John Everett Millais 1851-2, Tate Britain, London It is difficult to think of Ophelia, one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, without bringing to mind the famous depiction of her by John Everett Millais. In Hamlet, the sensitive and fragile Ophelia is driven mad by grief after […]