Cuir, Raphael Books
Raphael Cuir is head of scientific project of the Research Chair in Creation and Creativity at the Research Department of Advancia-Negocia, two graduate schools attached to the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He obtained his Ph.D. in Modern Art History from École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.2009 0-7734-4657-5
This book is the first to focus on a paradox of anatomical images from the Renaissance to the 18th century: the representation of skeletons and flayed figures in a state of animation, i. e. apparently endowed with life despite the logical impossibility of this being so. The exploration of this phenomenon—a paradox in modern eyes only—entails careful study of the deep coherence between artistic and anatomical theory, a coherence that developed within the same framework of thinking (humanist rhetoric), and was determined by a dominant philosophical concept (teleology). Scientific and aesthetic teleology went hand in hand, and both were involved in the conception of anatomical images, in which they merged with a symbolic teleology of a moral, eschatological, and erotic nature. This book contains thirty black and white photographs and ten color photographs.