Sep 2 2011: Abstractions From The Body: Monochrome Plates from The Pathology of Internal Diseases by William Boyd (Kimpton, London, 1941)

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, featuring a sequence of nine colour plates from The Pathology of Internal Diseases by William Boyd (1941), here’s a further sequence of monochrome plates from the same publication. As before, the potentially morbid subject matter is offset by the abstract beauty of the images themselves, as malfunctioning cells and tissues take on the appearance of landscapes, astronomical vistas, psychedelic and decorative patternings that compel us to look even as the realision of what we’re looking at might repel our collective gaze. Infarct of Lung, for example, might almost pass for a hand-made valentine, while Acicular Cholesterol Crystals in an Atheromatous Patch (seen above) could be a Symbolist seascape by a little-known late-nineteenth century painter.

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