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Left Knee (Anatomical Cast)

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1877-1880 (cast 1930)

Medium:
Bronze

Dimensions:
9 15/16 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (25.2 x 15.9 x 8.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 218, American Art, second floor (Provident National Bank Gallery)

Accession Number:
1944-35-9

Credit Line:
Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1944

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As a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Eakins insisted on intensive study of anatomy and oversaw dissections to accompany lectures on artistic anatomy delivered by Dr. W. W. Keen. Because cadavers were perishable, Eakins and his students also made casts of the dissected body parts to be used as reference tools in the classrooms and studios.


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