Tag Archives: Art Essay

A detailed depiction of a “crime scene” circa 1455

Daniel Gelfman Indianapolis, Indiana, United States   The use of forensic science to determine the etiology and manner of death has been attempted for millennia. Early autopsies involved inspection of the deceased individual and possibly an internal examination. The performance of autopsies has been greatly influenced by religious and political forces.1 There is a record […]

The Potato Eaters: brushstrokes of sickness and sustenance

Jeanne Dsouza Manipal, India   Figure 1. Portrait of The Potato Eaters showing 5 members of a family around a table eating potatoes and sipping coffee, four of whom have skin eruptions and limb changes suggestive of leprosy. One wants to be an honest man, one is so, one works as hard as a slave but […]

Gav’s Frida Kahlo: Heroine of Pain

Jimin Mathew Bangalore, India Lucy Samuel Puducherry, India   Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 In Frida Kahlo: Heroine of Pain (2017), Gavin Aung Than (Gav), an Australian artist, uses comics to capture the lingering pain and excruciating maladies of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her evolution towards artistic excellence. This article analyzes […]

Wyeth and the symbolism of immobility

Kierstin Utter Detroit, Michigan, United States Kyle Utter New York, New York, United States   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 […]

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, United States   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 […]

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 […]