Wording the Wound Man

Hartnell, Jack ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8978-8997 (2017) Wording the Wound Man. British Art Studies (6). ISSN 2058-5462

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Little is known about the image of the Wound Man, a graphic drawing of a violently wounded figure repeated across a series of European surgical treatises from 1400 onwards. Focusing on the only known English example, preserved in the back of a late fifteenth-century medical miscellany now in the Wellcome Collection, London, this article seeks to unravel the origins and scope of this picture. Considering both the image’s diagrammatic and metaphorical qualities, it presents the Wound Man as a particularly potent site not just of surgical knowledge but of a broader medico-artistic entanglement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: medieval,art history,surgery,history of medicine,wound healing,diagram
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 00:40
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63142
DOI: 10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-06/jhartnell


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