Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form

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The power of the image of the nude—the expressivity of the flesh—has inspired artists from the beginning. An understanding of human form is essential for artists to be able to express themselves with the figure. Anatomy makes the figure. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form is the definitive analytical work on the anatomy of the human figure.
No longer will working artists have to search high and low to find the information they need. In this, the most up-to-date and ...

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Overview

The power of the image of the nude—the expressivity of the flesh—has inspired artists from the beginning. An understanding of human form is essential for artists to be able to express themselves with the figure. Anatomy makes the figure. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form is the definitive analytical work on the anatomy of the human figure.
No longer will working artists have to search high and low to find the information they need. In this, the most up-to-date and fully illustrated guide available, Eliot Goldfinger—sculptor, illustrator, scientific model-maker, and lecturer on anatomy—presents a single, all-inclusive reference to human form, capturing everything artists need in one convenient volume. Five years in the making, and featuring hundreds of photos and illustrations, this guide offers more views of each bone and muscle than any other book ever published: every structure that creates or influences surface form is individually illustrated in clear, carefully lit photographs and meticulous drawings. Informed by the detailed study of both live models and cadavers, it includes numerous unique presentations of surface structures—such as fat pads, veins, and genitalia—and of some muscles never before photographed. In addition, numerous cross sections, made with reference to CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and cut cadavers, trace the forms of all body regions and individual muscles. Information on each structure is placed on facing pages for ease of reference, and the attractive two-color format uses red ink to direct readers rapidly to important points and areas. Finally, an invaluable chapter on the artistic development of basic forms shows in a series of sculptures the evolution of the figure, head, and hands from basic axes and volumes to more complex organic shapes. This feature helps place the details of anatomy within the overall context of the figure.
Certain to become the standard reference in the field, Human Anatomy for Artists will be indispensable to artists and art students, as well as art historians. It will also be a useful aid for physical and dance therapists, athletes and their trainers, bodybuilders, and anyone concerned with the external form of the human body. With the renewed interest in figurative art today, this will be an especially welcome volume.

This most up-to-date and fully illustrated guide presents a single, all-inclusive reference to the human form. Includes numerous cross sections made with reference to CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and cut cadavers showing the forms of all body regions and individual muscles. A useful tool for physical and dance therapists, trainers, and bodybuilders as well. Over 400 illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195052060
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 260,166
  • Product dimensions: 12.31 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliot Goldfinger, a renowned sculptor and illustrator, developed the anatomy program at The New York Academy of Art and has been an instructor at The Art Student's League in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    more of a science text than an art guide

    This book contains vast knowledge of the human form and its components, nontheless it reads more like a science book than an artists' reference. Although good for understanding the minute complexities of our joints, muscles, and bones, I found this text lacking in practical ways to apply this knowledge to my art.

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