Two Archives on the Body

This collection gathers together images from archives belonging to two different institutions of the University of Lisbon: the Museum of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Fine Arts. The archive of the Faculty of Medicine, never inventoried before, was studied by the project Image in Science and Art. It was therefore possible to compare the representation of the body in anatomical drawing (archive of the Faculty of Medicine) and in the drowing of nude (Fine Arts). In both collections most of the items date back to the end of the 19th century - beginning of the 20th century.

 Faculty of Fine Arts' Collection 

The Collection of Ancient Drawing from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University (1830-1935) was studied by Alberto Faria under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Luisa Arruda (Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University). The Collection of ancient drawing of the Faculty of Fine Arts was studied bringing together a total of 1,284 drawings, dating between 1830 and 1935. The drawings were made by students of the Class of Public Drawing (Lisbon), the College and the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon and from academies and ateliers of Paris and Rome. [Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University's Virtual Museum]

 Faculty of Medicine's Collection 

The Collection of Anatomical Drawings of the Museum of Medicine of the University of Lisbon consists of about 1,800 anatomical drawings made by students of the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon, who attended a course in "Artistic Anatomy" at Santa Maria Hospital. The collection includes works produced between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 1970s, although most of them dates back to the between 1910s-1940s. The collection was inventoried by Joana Mesquita, in the scope of the project Image in Science and Art, under the supervision of Manuel Valente Alves, MD, director of the Museum of Medicine.