Thursday, March 20, 2008

Frontspiece, "Syphilis: Poeme en Quatre Chants," A. M. Barthélémy, 1851


A wonderfully evocative image illustrating--quite graphically--the dangers of syphilis in the form of seductive women, circa 1851. I came across this image, which serves as the frontspiece of A. M. Barthélémy's Syphilis: Poeme en Quatre Chants, in Ludmilla Jordanova's fascinating Sexual Visions: Images of Gender in Science and Medicine Between the Eighteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

4 comments:

valter said...

Have you seen the Street Anatomy blog? It has a unique gallery of anatomy-related street art.

http://streetanatomy.com/blog/

Joanna said...

I have indeed--in fact, I posted about it not long ago here. Thanks!

A.H. said...

Oh, I'm ordering that book right now. Thanks for the link!

I came across that second image in a book on Hannah Cullwick a few days ago!

JE said...

That book looks AMAZING. I am officially putting it on my wish list. Thanks!