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The Body in Pictures

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  • Discussion
Photograph of a group of people examining library material on a table.
Library Insights event at Wellcome Collection, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

See printed masterpieces of anatomical illustration and hear about the bringing together of artistic technique with anatomical science. Featuring historical highlights from Wellcome Collection described by William Schupbach and insights from anatomy lecturer Jennifer Paxton, this talk will explore how the long tradition of anatomical illustration continues to this day.

This event is inspired by ‘Anatomicum‘ by Jennifer Paxton.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.

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About your speakers

Jennifer Z Paxton

Jennifer Z Paxton is Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh and Principal Investigator of the Paxton Lab, a tissue engineering laboratory. Jennifer has won the Wellcome Trust 'I'm a Scientist' competition twice (2013, 2018). She loves bringing the science of anatomy to a wider audience and working with primary schools to engage more children with the subject.

William Schupbach

William Schupbach is a research development specialist at Wellcome Collection and author of ‘The Paradox of Rembrandt’s “Anatomy Of Dr Tulp”’.