- 256 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
- "Conceived, edited, and designed by Quarto Publishing plc, an imprint of The Quarto Group"--Title page verso.Contents: Before the press. From antiquity to the Renaissance ; Leonardo da Vinci : animal as machine ; Albrecht Dürer : the wonderful line -- The horse stripped bare. Cutting and cataloguing : 16th-19th centuries ; Carlo Ruini : Anatomia del cavallo ; George Stubbs : The anatomy of the horse -- Bewildering variety. A pictorial menagerie : 16th-19th centuries ; Volcher Coiter : De partibus similaribus humani corporis ; Georges Cuvier : Le règne animal ; Alfred Brehm ; Tierleben ; Richard Owen : The anatomy of vertebrates -- Embryos and ancestors. Evolution and development in the 19th century. Ernst Haeckel : development of the embryo, development of the race ; Edweard Muybridge : Animal locomotion ; Santiago Ramón y Cajal : Textura del sistema nervioso del hombre y de los vertebrados -- Onward, inward, outward. The wonders of life since 1900 ; D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson : On growth and form.Includes index.Summary: For more than two thousand years, comparative anatomy--the study of anatomical variation among different animal species--has been used to make arguments in natural philosophy, reinforce religious dogma, and remind us of our own mortality. This stunningly illustrated compendium traces the intertwined intellectual and artistic histories of comparative anatomy from antiquity to today. Stripped Bare brings together some of the most arresting images ever produced, from the earliest studies of animal form to the technicolor art of computer-generated anatomies. David Bainbridge draws on representative illustrations from different eras to discuss the philosophical, scientific, and artistic milieus from which they emerged. He vividly describes the unique aesthetics of each phase of anatomical endeavor, providing new insights into the exquisite anatomical drawings of Leonardo and Albrecht Dürer in the era before printing, Jean Héroard's cutting and cataloging of the horse during the age of Louis XIII, the exotic pictorial menageries of the Comte de Buffon in the eighteenth century, anatomical illustrations from Charles Darwin's voyages, the lavish symmetries of Ernst Haeckel's prints, and much, much more. Featuring a wealth of breathtaking color illustrations throughout, Stripped Bare is a panoramic tour of the intricacies of vertebrate life as well as an expansive history of the peculiar and beautiful ways humans have attempted to study and understand the natural world.