Focus on the details and true educational “realism” of a body over an artistic and beautiful presentation was not really known until the Scottish anatomist John Bell presented his first works just before the turn of the 19th century. He excoriated the “vitious practice of drawing from imagination” and the struggle of the painter to balance elegance of form with accuracy of presentation. He eliminated this struggle by engraving all of his own works, and focusing on empirical observation over all else.

Focus on the details and true educational “realism” of a body over an artistic and beautiful presentation was not really known until the Scottish anatomist John Bell presented his first works just before the turn of the 19th century. He excoriated the “vitious practice of drawing from imagination” and the struggle of the painter to balance elegance of form with accuracy of presentation. He eliminated this struggle by engraving all of his own works, and focusing on empirical observation over all else.

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