Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Art and Art History 311. Anatomies 1400-1600: Sexual, Forbidden and Monstrous

This course looks at the ways in which the body was understood and visualized in the early modern period. Focusing mostly on France and Italy, the class addresses topics such as: the perceived imperfections of the female body; the mystery held by reproductive organs and their function; the theological and physical challenges posed by human dissections; the production of illustrated anatomical treatises; the implication of artists and anatomists in exploring monstrous bodies; and the intellectual and physical fascination with hermaphrodites.