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Depicting Skin: Microscopy And The Visual Articulation Of Skin Interior 1820–1850

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This chapter shows that the shift of body image gained currency in the production of a microscopical picture of skin in the early nineteenth century. It illustrates the shift in the image of the skin by focusing on the case of the skin pores. Illustrated texts by physiologists and anatomists in Germany and France from 1820 to 1850 are used to discuss how the skin was visually redefined into a thick protective organ for the body in microscopical research processes. The chapter discusses the views on the skin pores that validate the 'openness' of the skin in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. It explores how illustrations in microscopical research on the skin in the early nineteenth century introduced a novel image of skin. Finally, the chapter also shows that the depiction of skin and the shift towards a closed-off body with a thickened skin are intimately linked developments.

Keywords: microscopical research; skin pores; visual articulation



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