corpoIMAGEM > corpoPAISAGEM    corpoFRAGMENTO     corpoALGORITMO 
  Author: Center for Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon / Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva

Date: 2011

Description: Between February and March 2011, the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva in Lisbon held a video exhibition about the body and its representations, "corpoIMAGEM – Representações do Corpo na Ciência e na Arte", organized by the Research Project "Image in Science and Arte" of the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon. The exhibition was organized in three sections (three videos), "corpoPAISAGEM" (Body Landscape), "corpoFRAGMENTO" (Body Fragment) and "corpoALGORITMO" (Body Algorithm), corresponding to three chronological and conceptual moments in the history of images and of the representation of the body in Western Science and Art.

In the first section, "corpoPAISAGEM" (Body Landscape), we displayed images of the human body produced by Science and Art using drawing and engraving and based on direct (naked eye) vision. Most of the images presented here are from the 19th Century, and a minority dates back to the first decades of the 20th Century. In both cases the body is always thought, described and drawn as if it was a landscape. The eye of the artist skims on the surface of the naked body, trying to represent it in its entirety and in natural positions. Conversely, the eye of the scientist struggles to penetrate the inner body and its fragments.

Collections: Museu de Medicina da FMUL, Faculdade de Belas Artes UL, Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Museu do Chiado, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Anatomical Treatises of the 19th Century (Central Library FMUL).