Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris
Where: The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave.
212-822-7200 Price: $50
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Drawn from her book The Courtiers’ Anatomists, Anita Guerrini tells the largely overlooked story of seventeenth-century Parisian anatomists who examined both the abandoned human corpses at the Châtelet, and the pampered animals of the king’s menageries. Dissections of both animal and human bodies were spectacles before the King at Versailles and crowds at the King’s Gardens in Paris alike. And from these dissections the Paris Academy of Science’s Claude Perrault edited two folios of remarkable illustrations of exotic animals by the court artists. The symbolic as well as the scientific value of the relationship of these humans and animals forms an undercurrent that flows through early modern life.Buy tickets/get more info now