Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Genevieve D'Arconville

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Geneviève d'Arconville. Female Skeleton, Drawn from Front View Only, Studied for Its Deviation from the Male Skeleton, and Male Skeleton Studied from Back. From Jean J. Sue, raité d'ostéoloaité d'ostéologie<(Paris, 1759).

Genevieve D'Arconville
b. 1720, France; d. 1805, France

Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville, an anatomist, studied at the Jardin du Roi, the royal Parisian botanical garden (now known as the Jardin des Plantes), which also maintained a school for the sciences. In 1759, she translated and supervised the illustrations for a French version of Scottish anatomist Alexander Munro's The Anatomy of Human Bones (1726). Her version, titled Traité d'ostéologie, included renderings of the female skeleton showing different proportions than the male skeleton. Although the drawings—later proven incorrect—were attributed to a man at the time, she is now credited with the works, which were the subject of scientific interest for many years.

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