Oscar Wallis (?). American illustrator.
From the H. J. Bigelow watercolors collection.
This amazing and at the same time disgusting image is part of a 19th century anatomy manual. A body (that wonderful machine we adore) is sectioned to show its interior, without complacency or indulgence or pity, it only serves to complete the education of future doctors. Splendid for its wonderful complexity, but terrible for its vulnerability. What does this have to do with art? Although is sectioned and cut in pieces, it is still that magnificent body that art has exalted from the beginning.