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Title :

'Our own imperfect knowledge' : Petrus Camper and the search for an 'ideal form'

Author :
GRINDLE, Nicholas ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Petrus Camper's treatise On the connexion between the science of anatomy and the arts of drawing, painting, statuary &c. (1794) proposed that racial difference could be calibrated by means of a 'facial line.' The line, drawn from the forehead to the upper lip, measured the angle of the jaw's protrusion. Camper's theory inspired a host of works in a similar vein and has today become synomymous with the Connexion. Camper was a multifaceted scholar and practitioner, whose studies ranged from optometry, anatomy, and anatomical illustration to the practice of obstetrics. Given such wide interests, it seems unreasonable to assume that as innovative a work as the Connexion would not draw upon Camper's previous areas of scientific exploration. The Connexion is presented here in a brief outline that seeks to integrate and clarify its content and objectives with an analysis of Camper's wider epistemological interests, as well as the more general intellectual climate of the later 18th c. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Anatomie ; Camper, Petrus, 1722-1789 ; Corps humain ; Ecrits ; Forme ; Idéal, L' ; Illustration ; On the connexion between the science of anatomy and the arts of dra ; Pays-Bas ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Anatomy ; Camper, Petrus, 1722-1789 ; Form ; Human figure ; Ideal ; Illustration ; Netherlands ; On the connexion between the science of anatomy and the arts of dra ; Writings ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Res (Cambridge, Mass.), 1997, 31, spring
INIST identifier :
24985372 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0277-1322 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;