Mutter Museum by Gretchen Worden
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Mutter Museum
By Gretchen Worden

Mutter Museum

Of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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Format: Hardback

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Mutter Museum by Gretchen Worden

Book Description

The aesthetics of the living body have long fascinated artists working in every medium of art. Mutter Museum presents the work of a distinguished group of photographers who have been drawn to explore the body stripped of its superficial coverings down to its inner realities. There is real beauty beneath the surface both in life, as revealed by the surgeon's scalpel, and in death, as revealed by the pathologist's or anatomist's knife. The contemporary photographs in this book, combined with powerful images from the Museum's historical photography collection, stretch the boundaries to find beauty not in its conventional form, but in its opposite: the deformed, the broken, the disfigured body of those who suffered physical abnormality, trauma, or destructive disease. There is a terrifying beauty as well in the spirits of those who endured nature's challenges to human life and to medical understanding.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780922233243
ISBN-10: 0922233241
Format: Hardback
(278mm x 228mm x 20mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Blast Books,U.S.
Publisher: Blast Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Gretchen Worden

Gretchen Worden is the Director of the Mutter Museum. The subject of a recent documentary, Smiling in a Jar, by Errol Morris, she is also past president of the Museum Council of Philadelphia and serves on the executive board of the Society of Civil War Surgeons.

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