In the 17th century in Holland anatomy became the cutting edge of medical science, inspiring the great artists of the age, like Rembrandt, to produce the most beautiful anatomical paintings yet created. Adam Rutherford travels to the Hague and Amsterdam to find out what it was that drew Rembrandt to anatomy and why dissecting bodies was thought a suitable subject for high art. Rutherford investigates the story of the two brilliant but controversial Hunter brothers, who transformed both medicine and art in 18th century Britain. Their belief that their students could only learn anatomy by carrying out dissections created an unprecedented demand for dead bodies and a market for the growing trade of body-snatching from graveyards. The world's most famous study of the human body is Gray's Anatomy. Rutherford tells the story of how, in just three years, Henry Gray and Henry Carter put it together based on dissections they personally performed.
Thom Roberts shares his deep personal fascination with trains while elevating his reputation in the elite Australian modern art world with his work for The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Lisa Scott, a who has kept a daily journal for nearly a decade, turns her personal story about discrimination and family relationships into a deeply personal textile work to display at the Australian Design Centre. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.