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A human head dissected: "In memoriam". Acrylic painting by R. Ennis, 2001.

Ennis, Richard, 1958-
Date
2001


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About this work

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In memoriam

Description

The painting was painted as a memorial to a friend of the painter who had died of squamous cell carcinoma, manifested in cancer first of the lip and subsequently of much of the face. Rather than paint a traditional memento mori, the artist decided to create something more positive: an anatomical tribute to the complexity and beauty of the human head. For the anatomical details the artist based his composition on small wax models at La Specola in Florence, while also consulting a pathologist and a surgeon about the layering of the various organs crammed together into the head

Publication/Creation

2001

Physical description

1 painting : acrylic on wood ; wood 140 x 120 cm

Publications note

Sarah Smith, 'Open access', Bluesci: Cambridge University science magazine, Easter 2014, front cover and p. 3
Ned Beauman, 'The house of wax', Frieze.com, 21 April 2016

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2016203i

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