Since its invention, photography has had a dual nature as both art and science, which have never been mutually exclusive. This cyanotype was part of a series in which cadavers were frozen and then thinly sliced by an anonymous physician, either from side to side or from front to back. In a process not fully understood, the slice was probably put on glass and contact printed to a negative. Then the negatives of the frozen segments were eventually printed on large cyanotype sheets, providing a life-size, accurate record of the position of organs and bones in that particular section. This image is of a slice toward the back half of a male body.

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[Cross-section of a Male Torso]
c. 1910
Image: 35 3/8 × 13 3/4 in. (89.9 × 34.9 cm) Sheet: 35 3/8 × 13 3/4 in. (89.9 × 34.9 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern in honor of Dr. Gilbert Lechenger

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Alex Novak, Chalfont, Pennsylvania]; [Daniel Wolf]; [L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2014.