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Coronal Plane (detail)

Coronal Plane (detail)

Coronal Plane is the culmination of Millett’s research on the anatomical theater at the University of Padua built in 1594, the oldest surviving anatomy theater in the world. Illustrations depicted on red “windows” in Millett’s work are appropriated from De formato foetu, a text written by Hieronymus Fabricus (Fabricius), the Chair of Anatomy at the University of Padua. It was under his leadership that the anatomy theater of 1594 was built. Millett’s allusions to Catholic confessionals and kneeling benches in the installation invites the viewer to question the contradictory stance between dissections performed for medical education and dissections completed in order to disperse sacred remains for widespread worship. Particular references to sexuality and sexual differences are also central to Millett’s investigation of historical medical practices and philosophies.  The University of Padua was one of the first institutions that dissected both male and female cadavers.

6' x 30' x 30'
MDO (medium density overlay), LED lights, inkjet prints mounted on glass
Year Created: 
2018