Things have come a long way since Leonardo DaVinci sketched his famous Vitruvian Man in the late 15th century.
Starting August 7, the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, will present an exhibit called "Redefining the Medical Artist," which features anatomy-inspired artwork from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Biomedical Visualization program, and a number of works from local artist Vesna Jovanovic.
While DaVinci relied on ink, paper and simple genius, the work created by the UIC artists includes animation, digital renderings and 3D models to show biomedical procedures and more.
The artists draw their inspiration from the seminal works of Andreas Vesalius, who pioneered medical art in the 16th century.
Jovanovic's work is comprised of ink-spill drawings that tease the brain. She explores a pyschological trick called pareidolia, in which the brain recognizes an image - even if it's just a mish-mash of ink. Think seeing a rabbit in the clouds. The trained chemist has an MFA in photography from Ohio State and teaches ceramics at Loyola University.
The exhibits are part of the museum's "Anatomy in the Gallery" series, which has shown art inspired by medicine since 1998.
The exhibit opens Friday, Aug. 7, with a free, public reception with the artists from 5 to 8 p.m.