The Vivisected Engineer

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The Vivisected Engineer combined with David by Michelangelo

Though studied for centuries in various cultures, the fields of anatomy and experimental physiology began to progress around 300 B.C. Scientific studies involving the vivisection and dissection of animals including those conducted by notable scientists such as Aristotle, Galen, and Vesalius.

While Greek law prohibited the dissection of human bodies, physician and medical researcher Galen performed countless animal dissections and vivisections (circa 168 A.D.) and claimed that he dissected animals almost every day of his career—not only to enhance his surgical skills but also to learn more about the human body.

Though animal and human dissections were used to educate medical students, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who wanted to learn to illustrate their subjects with better accuracy, also conducted dissections. They were also performed simply to illustrate the contents of ancient scientific texts.

In the 1500s, Andreas Vesalius, considered to be the founder of modern human anatomy, felt strongly that dissection should be performed as a way to accurately teach students about anatomy instead of using illustrations or descriptions in books, as well as to gain new knowledge. Vesalius appears to have set the foundation for dissection as a teaching and research tool.

David’s laboratory has a gothic victorian feel, with medical illustrations meticulously documented just as Leonardo Da Vinci & Michelangelo had studied the human anatomy and flora & fauna. David is a founder/creator of the Facehugger/Ovomorph anatomy.

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The shape of the Scorpion Tail(Mother Ship) docking ship is also the same as the centre hemisphere of the brain called the Corpus Callosum, which is responsible for transporting fluid between both hemispheres of the brain. In the Advent clip David is seen injecting Black Ooze onto this section of the Neomorph’s Brain.

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Detail of Michelangelo's Last Judgment, 1524, fresco. Michelangelo paints himself as St. Bartholomew. Here Bartholomew is witnessing the light of his God and taking a celestial seat. Interesting parallel to the Vivisected Engineer is that St Bartholomew was flayed alive—the skin of his body cut into strips, then pulled off, leaving his body open and bleeding for ages before finally being beheaded, then crucified. The reason of this gruesome death was because he was to die the Persian way. Said to be the “most barbarous country of the East” in the ancient times. He converted Polymius (the King of Armenia) to Christianity; and because Astyages (the King’s brother) thought spreading Catholic faith a great crime, ordered his death. #vivisection #flayedman #engineers #michelangelobuonarroti #AlienCovenant #filmanalysis #torture #david8

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Shared by Luis Lopez. The smashed statue of St.Bartholomew on Planet 4 in Alien: Covenant. "The account of St Bartholomew being skinned alive is the most repeated in many forms of art, he is often shown with a large knife, holding his own skin, or both like in Michelangelo's Last Judgment. Another parallel, Archaeological research demonstrates that the cult of Saint Bartholomew began in Avezzano, previously a temple dedicated to Heracles, which is always represented in the act of holding the skin of the Nemean lion. There is a solid relationship between the two iconographies and the re-semantization of the symbols Heracles/Physical Strength/Hero and Bartholomew/Power of Faith/Hero-Martyr. Bartholomew also plays a part in Francis Bacon's Utopian tale New Atlantis, about a mythical isolated land, Bensalem. Francis Bacon's tryptic was also inspiration for the original chestburster design. The island was populated by a people dedicated to reason and natural philosophy. About 20 years after Christ's ascension, the people of Bensalem discovered an ark floating off the shore. It contained a letter as well as the books of the Old and New Testaments. The letter was from St Bartholomew declaring that an angel told him to set the ark and its contents afloat. Thus the scientists of Bensalem received the revelation of the Word of God." More information here 🔗 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_the_Apostle #AlienCovenant #stbartholomew #planet4 #evshipard #statue #bible #religion #reason #philosophy #ark #scientists #FrancisBacon #Bensalem #newatlantis #island

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Like many other pieces in Alien: Covenant this theme of vivisection and flayed being has inspired many incarnations.

Read more about The Art and Anatomy of St. Bartholomew