Collage by Jindřich Štyrský for Vítězslav Nezval’s Sexual Nocturne, 1931
Venus by Blanka Wasowicz
Hope Kroll, Physical Diagnosis, 2007
The legs of a woman, raised and open as if ready to admit a lover, formed a curvilinear triumphal arch. The feet were decorated with spike-heeled, black leather pumps. This anatomical section, composed of pinkish wax dimpled at the knee, did not admit the possibility of the existence of a torso. A bristling pubic growth rose to form a kind of coat of arms above the circular proscenium it contained at either side but, although the hairs had been inserted one by one in order to achieve the maximal degree of verisimilitude, the overall effect was one of stunning artifice.
The dark red and purple crenellations surrounding the vagina acted as a frame for a perfectly round hole through which the viewer glimpsed the moist, luxuriant landscape of the interior.
Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
This manipulated photo shows the effects of sunlight on the health of the body.
Fritz Kahn, Zurich-Leipzig, 1939
From Der Mensch gesund und krank, Menschenkunde (Man in Structure and Function), Vol. 2, 1940
Photo with 117 notes
Study for George Bataille’s Histoire de l’oeil by Hans Bellmer, 1946
“Only once woman has reached the peak of her experimental calling, is amenable to permutations and algebraic promises, and is willing to submit to transubstantial whims, only once she is ductile, shrinkable and equipped with an epidermis and joints that are equal to the obvious inconveniences involved in post-hoc assembly or disassembly, only then we will finally be able to clarify the anatomy of desire.”
— Hans Bellmer, L’Anatomie de l’Image (Anatomy of the Image)
Deformity apparatus: Chas. F. Stillman’s long bow-leg braces. 1893 medical supply catalogue.
Dr. Flaxlander’s pneumatic hip-shaper 1929
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