The Anatomist (Gabriel von Max painting)  

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Der Anatom (The Anatomist, 1869)[1] is a painting by Gabriel von Max. The painting depicts a young girl, lying on her back, probably in a doctor's cabinet. A medical doctor, the anatomist, sits next to her. He lifts the veil which covers her body to show a part of her breast. Two skulls are on the table, books lie open.

Like "Ophelia" by John Everett Millais, the painting reflects a 19th century obsession with death and beauty exemplified by Poe's dictum, the death of a beautiful woman....


Oil on canvas, 136.5 x 189.5 cm

Gallery: Neue Pinakothek, M√ľnchen, (bought 1981), Inv.-Nr. 14680

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