Anatomical Steampunk Horse. 1748
The image is an original handcolored ofgraveconcern creation based upon steampunk anatomy and influenced by 16th century anatomical engravings, and materialist philosophy of the 18th century Enlightenment; specifically ‘L'homme Machine’ (Man a Machine, or the Human mechanism) written by the French physician and philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie (November 23, 1709 – November 11, 1751). First published in 1748, the work expounded the belief that humans and animals worked like a machine, their bodies, minds and mental states the process of mechanization. Furthering the materialistic philosophy of René Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650), La Mettrie argued controversially for the period that humans were just complex mechanized animals composed of organized matter; based on his findings that sensory feelings were present in animals and plants. The image is handcolored.
‘L'homme Machine’. Steampunk Horse . 1748
Recreation of titlepage with original illustrations. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"