The Ingenious Machine of Nature: Four Centuries of Art and Anatomy

July 3, 1997-September 6, 1997

Location: Unspecified location

The international exhibition The Ingenious Machine of Nature: Four centuries of Art and Anatomy, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, traced the collaborative efforts of artists and anatomists over a period of four centuries, from the end of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. It told the fascinating story of the collaboration between artists and anatomists to explore the human body and to display the inner structures and workings of the body, from skin to muscle to bone. The 80 works on display included several masterpieces, such as three drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and two by Rubens. In addition, there were several examples of virtuoso draftsmanship and brilliant inventions by artists and scientists working together.