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It’s the classic in its field—a reference work of unparalleled importance for all professionals and students of art.     This superb art manual is the best guide available on a subject that has fascinated artists for centuries: the human body. Jenö Barcsay, a professor who taught applied anatomy at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, offers a detailed portrayal of the body fo It’s the classic in its field—a reference work of unparalleled importance for all professionals and students of art.     This superb art manual is the best guide available on a subject that has fascinated artists for centuries: the human body. Jenö Barcsay, a professor who taught applied anatomy at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, offers a detailed portrayal of the body for the fine artist in 142 full-page plates. From the entire skeleton and the joints in and out of motion to all the muscles and even facial characteristics, every body part appears in close-up and from varying perspectives. Accompanying the images are brief discussions of male and female anatomical construction, explaining precisely the articulations and movement of the foot, the arm, the trunk, the spinal column, and the skull. In many cases, two sketches appear side by side: one just lightly traced in, and marked with letters to show how proportions and perspective were figured, and another fully finished drawing. Without the indispensable information contained on these illuminating pages, painters cannot observe with understanding all the attitudes, positions, and movements of which the body is capable—and produce a truly magnificent work of art.   Features a new concealed spiral that keeps the book open as you work!


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It’s the classic in its field—a reference work of unparalleled importance for all professionals and students of art.     This superb art manual is the best guide available on a subject that has fascinated artists for centuries: the human body. Jenö Barcsay, a professor who taught applied anatomy at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, offers a detailed portrayal of the body fo It’s the classic in its field—a reference work of unparalleled importance for all professionals and students of art.     This superb art manual is the best guide available on a subject that has fascinated artists for centuries: the human body. Jenö Barcsay, a professor who taught applied anatomy at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, offers a detailed portrayal of the body for the fine artist in 142 full-page plates. From the entire skeleton and the joints in and out of motion to all the muscles and even facial characteristics, every body part appears in close-up and from varying perspectives. Accompanying the images are brief discussions of male and female anatomical construction, explaining precisely the articulations and movement of the foot, the arm, the trunk, the spinal column, and the skull. In many cases, two sketches appear side by side: one just lightly traced in, and marked with letters to show how proportions and perspective were figured, and another fully finished drawing. Without the indispensable information contained on these illuminating pages, painters cannot observe with understanding all the attitudes, positions, and movements of which the body is capable—and produce a truly magnificent work of art.   Features a new concealed spiral that keeps the book open as you work!

30 review for Anatomy for the Artist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marv

    Found my grandson at the age of 4 reading this book. He said to me "Grandpa these are just like my dinosaur books only about people." He was very fascinated by it. Found my grandson at the age of 4 reading this book. He said to me "Grandpa these are just like my dinosaur books only about people." He was very fascinated by it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have this book in both the large A3 size and the smaller size. It offers very clear images of anatomy, bone structure, muscles, ect, and is invaluable as a resource for me when I want to research how the body works for a new painting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Fantastic for improving on sketching difficult parts of the body, like hands and feet. Provides some complex examples but talks you through them, with beautiful artwork throughout.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    This is less a book than a tome of knowledge; and like any good tome, it will take a long, long time to decipher all the meaning in the strange words and diagrams.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ottilee B.

    I've had this book a long time. It is a really good art book that shows the musculature and how the muscles move in both the male and female form. Excellent drawings in differing positions: using your imagination you can see exactly how the muscles react to each other. Keep in mind these are drawings and NOT actual anatomy. They may not be as precise as you'd like! They are, however, an excellent starting point. I've had this book a long time. It is a really good art book that shows the musculature and how the muscles move in both the male and female form. Excellent drawings in differing positions: using your imagination you can see exactly how the muscles react to each other. Keep in mind these are drawings and NOT actual anatomy. They may not be as precise as you'd like! They are, however, an excellent starting point.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brecklyn.Elektra

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I added this book to my library many years ago, and the illustrations are indeed rich and beautiful. The book is also highly informative, especially if your aim is to see examples of how a master draftsman draws human anatomy. But however beautiful this book is, as an anatomical reference book it is somewhat limited by the fact that it includes no photographs or minutely detailed illustrations. If you were attempting to articulate and identify muscles, tendons, nerves, etc., on an actual cadaver I added this book to my library many years ago, and the illustrations are indeed rich and beautiful. The book is also highly informative, especially if your aim is to see examples of how a master draftsman draws human anatomy. But however beautiful this book is, as an anatomical reference book it is somewhat limited by the fact that it includes no photographs or minutely detailed illustrations. If you were attempting to articulate and identify muscles, tendons, nerves, etc., on an actual cadaver or even a model's body, this is not the best book to consult. Moreover, since the models used by Barcsay are almost exclusively males with well-defined musculature, his drawings would be of only limited use if applied to bodies with a normal percentage of body fat. But the 340 page book has a number of notable strengths. First, it includes numerous drawings of joint articulations and movements that provide views of bones and muscles in poses that are not depicted elsewhere, to my knowledge. And the simplified nature of the drawings makes them ideal for someone who is interested in learning only about the aspects of human anatomy with which artists must be concerned. Moreover, as I already mentioned, the book is an excellent reference if your desire is to see how an artist can render the human form. If you want a reference that includes photos and more detailed renderings, you might consider, first, the classic "Albinus On Anatomy," by Hale and Coyle. Their reproductions of Albinus' exquisite engravings are highly instructive, and the engravings themselves are unmatched in their accuracy and detail, even today. Fritz Schider's "An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists" is also a reliable guide, including both drawings and photographs in the sections on anatomy, and at the end of the book, a compendium of old master drawings and engravings by artists like Michelangelo, Vesalius, Dürer, Da Vinci, and Cloquet. If your interest is less in human anatomy than in learning how to draw the human figure, then I recommend Diana Constance's "Complete Life Drawing Course."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Derek olsen

    Great reference book

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mariia

    Really “wow” for improving on sketching difficult parts of the body.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phoi Cao Su Nguyen Go

    i'm really like it i'm really like it

  11. 4 out of 5

    Willhelm

    One of the very best out there

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I just finished it for the same week and I really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the story lines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected. I just finished it for the same week and I really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the story lines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Em Paredes

    The book is really really excelent.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Momedi

    I was pleasantly surprised by now great this was. The story is very good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Otis

    Every artist should have this book. It's great for someone wanting to know the human form and how to draw it. Most artists, and some non-artists, that I know have this book on their shelves. It's very accessible and makes drawing the form less overwhelming. I know it eliminated my fears of drawing the human form as it did for my non-artist friends. It's one of the better art book to have and share. Every artist should have this book. It's great for someone wanting to know the human form and how to draw it. Most artists, and some non-artists, that I know have this book on their shelves. It's very accessible and makes drawing the form less overwhelming. I know it eliminated my fears of drawing the human form as it did for my non-artist friends. It's one of the better art book to have and share.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    A good book, when you need to reference anything about the body.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Crago

    seems like a great books cant wait to read attttt

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

    A good reference. Definately not one I would pick as a sole resoucre, but I nice supplement for instruction. I tend to be picky with the anatomy books I choose for teaching children.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mii

    This book was a great read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    I found this book interesting but a bit to confusing at times.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susie Mathews

    Wonderful reference for figure drawing students. Helped me see the volume of the model.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Overlord

    This has to be one of the best anatomical books for artists out there. I learned a great deal, and it's an amazing guide while practicing figure drawing. This has to be one of the best anatomical books for artists out there. I learned a great deal, and it's an amazing guide while practicing figure drawing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    nicole

    Big, lumbrous volume. Wish it were as useful as it is heavy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Enemyrain26

    the book was very interesting history as it speaks as the fascination with the human body and as in those times was frowned upon but it is a good book :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    scherzo♫

    Clem Robbins - cross-sectional diagrams Recommended by Matt DTO

  26. 4 out of 5

    Inki Black

    This is a great reference book for the body. The illustration is absolutely gorgeous and extremely detailed and accurate.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luis Fernando

    Good book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    F.J. Commelin

    Good anatomy book with beautifully drawns pictures - old style book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Basem Amer

    ....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jerrie

    A favorite reference ... is gone....

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