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Back of Male Torso (Anatomical Cast)

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

1880 (cast 1930)


31 x 18 5/8 x 6 inches (78.7 x 47.3 x 15.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1944

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As a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Eakins insisted on intensive study of anatomy and oversaw dissections to accompany lectures on artistic anatomy delivered by Dr. W. W. Keen. Because cadavers were perishable, Eakins and his students also made casts of the dissected body parts to be used as reference tools in the classrooms and studios.