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18:30 - 19:30 13 May 2014

Punishment, anatomy and recollection


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Rose Marie San Juan, Department of History of Art

In the early modern city, the connection between public corporal punishment and the anatomical theatre became crucial, and not simply because medical research increasingly relied on bodies of the executed.

Visual images of anatomical dissection evoke this history and through it seek to alter notions of life, death and creation. Drawing on the archive of the confraternity of San Giovanni Decollato in Rome - which accompanied the condemned to the gallows and negotiated with the university for the use of bodies - and on a remarkable 1590 drawing of a hanging by Annibale Carracci, this lecture reconsiders this connection and proposes how urban memory opened up new potential for the study of the body.


Tessa Rickards
+44 (0)20 76791346 | t.rickards@ucl.ac.uk


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