Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie , ‘A New Collection of Bones and Muscles, Drawn from Life’. was a work of anatomical themes and art by the French artist Jacques Gamelin (October 3, 1738 – October 12, 1803). The book depicts religious scenes of the crucifixion and resurrection intermingled with scenes of great battles, and skeletons playing musical instruments and engaged in terrifying onlookers with their animation. Drawn from the corpes of recently executed French criminals, Gamelin’s book is a late example of ‘memento mori’, (remember that you have to die), the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie. 1779
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.