Monday, August 18, 2008

Anatomical art source

It's not exactly free, but pretty darn close!

As you probably know, art created by the "old masters" such as Leonardo, Albinus, etc., are not protected by copyright or royalty because, well, they're just so darn old that they've outlived any copyright protection even if had existed back then.

I find that these pieces are usually accurate and wonderfully represent anatomical concepts and structures that I am trying to teach. Because I don't want my students to memorize the particular illustrations in their textbook and lab manual--and because the text and manual can't contain all the various ways to represent structures--I want some other sources I can use ethically (and legally) in my course.

One great source is the CD image collection available from Dover Publications titled Great Anatomical Drawings by the Masters CD-ROM and Book.

Click here for an example of the art from this work (but do it soon because the source page at Dover will soon expire).

I use such images in PowerPoint slides, online test questions, and in my course lecture outlines (provided to students). In an upcoming post to this blog, I'll walk you through some of the easy ways to alter the art to fit different teaching and learning scenarios.

1 comment:

Kevin Patton said...

For some reason, this post is "acting funny" in some browsers. I can't seem to edit it, so I can't find the bug. Sorry about that.

For an example of the art from the collection, go to

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