The Anatomist  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Der Anatom (The Anatomist, 1869)[1] is a painting by Gabriel von Max. The painting depicts a young girl, lying on her back, probably in a doctor's cabinet. A medical doctor, the anatomist, sits next to her. He lifts the veil which covers her body to show a part of her breast. Two skulls are on the table, books lie open.

Like "Ophelia" by John Everett Millais, the painting reflects a 19th century obsession with death and beauty exemplified by Poe's dictum, the death of a beautiful woman....

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Oil on canvas, 136.5 x 189.5 cm

Gallery: Neue Pinakothek, München, (bought 1981), Inv.-Nr. 14680



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