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Facial reconstruction - anatomical art or artistic anatomy?

Wilkinson, C (2010) Facial reconstruction - anatomical art or artistic anatomy? Journal of Anatomy, 216 (2). pp. 235-250. ISSN 1469-7580

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Facial reconstruction is employed in the context of forensic investigation and for creating three-dimensional portraits of people from the past, from ancient Egyptian mummies and bog bodies to digital animations of J. S. Bach. This paper considers a facial reconstruction method (commonly known as the Manchester method) associated with the depiction and identification of the deceased from skeletal remains. Issues of artistic licence and scientific rigour, in relation to soft tissue reconstruction, anatomical variation and skeletal assessment, are discussed. The need for artistic interpretation is greatest where only skeletal material is available, particularly for the morphology of the ears and mouth, and with the skin for an ageing adult. The greatest accuracy is possible when information is available from preserved soft tissue, from a portrait, or from a pathological condition or healed injury.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wilkinson, C. (2010), Facial reconstruction – anatomical art or artistic anatomy?. Journal of Anatomy, 216: 235–250. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01182.x, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01182.x This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0903 Biomedical Engineering, 1116 Medical Physiology
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 09:49
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 09:31
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01182.x
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5342
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