Art in Medicine
By Andrew Parker - January 17, 2023

Art is the projection of our experiences and memories. It has the power to record reality as well as fantasy, but despite its final appearance, it is based on what we know of the world around us. Thus, the observation of our environment is essential to the creation of art.

Artists have caught the human body via the quest of communicating human experience—that is, the human body whose form, shape, and noises reflect the condition of our health—whether on purpose or just by accident or choice of models. Prior to current medical advancements, the majority of ailments were identified via first observation and a subsequent physical examination; however, with the abundance of technology we have amassed, part of the human connection has been lost in front of the machines.

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Drawing or painting from life in order to capture and represent people and objects as accurately as possible is known as observational art. Artists must recreate a scene in all of its intricacies. The quality of the drawing is totally dependent on the artist’s capacity for observation and their aptitude for conveying such details in their preferred media. Although drawing a recognized picture, for instance, may seem straightforward, it is difficult since every bump, wrinkle, and shadow must be placed precisely where they go. Only after mastering observational art can an artist move on to more abstract forms while still being able to depict people, things, and feelings from the actual world.

When dissection was strictly forbidden, both artists and doctors snuck out to examine human corpses for a closer look. Both physicians and artists needed to understand how the human body functions on the inside and outside in order to treat patients appropriately. For artists, comprehending and studying the human body has always been a crucial process. Today, with increasing performance-based and conceptual art forms, the acquisition of life-drawing skills has lost its traditional importance.