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The image is an original handcolored ofgraveconcern creation based upon steampunk anatomy influenced by ‘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 details materialist philosophy of the 18th century Enlightenment.  The work expounded the belief that humans 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 animals composed of organized matter; based on his findings that sensory feelings were present in animals and plants.


L’Homme Machine. Anatomical Steam Punk Man. Titlepage. 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.


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