Roberto Osti vis­its Townsend Ate­lier for lec­ture, book sign­ing

Free lec­ture, book sign­ing planned for Fri­day night

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Townsend Ate­lier an­nounces that vis­it­ing artist Roberto Osti, an au­thor and ex­pert on hu­man anatomy, will give a lec­ture on Fri­day, May 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Townsend Ate­lier in­side The Arts Build­ing, 301 E. 11th St.

“Artists, art lovers, stu­dents, col­lec­tors and just the plain cu­ri­ous, are en­cour­aged to at­tend,” says Peggy Townsend. The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

Osti, an ex­pert on anatomy and fig­u­ra­tive art, will dis­cuss how knowl­edge of anatomy, or the lack of it, has in­flu­enced the way artists have rep­re­sented the hu­man body in art dur­ing the mil­len­nia.

He will ex­plain the evo­lu­tion of the body in art from the poised and con­trolled hu­man fig­ures of the clas­si­cal pe­riod to the bod­ies of up­ward-reach­ing Gothic fig­ures, as well as how the Re­nais­sance re­vived anatomy both for art and science. The Baroque, neo­clas­si­cal and Ro­man­tic pe­ri­ods will be dis­cussed and the ef­fect that science and pseu­do­science had on the arts and cul­ture of spe­cific his­tor­i­cal times. His talk will be sup­ported by a Pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion.

Fol­low­ing the lec­ture, Osti will sign his new book, “Ba­sic Anatomy: An Es­sen­tial Guide for Artists.”

Orig­i­nally from Italy and now liv­ing in New Jersey, Osti stud­ied fig­u­ra­tive art at the New York Art Stu­dents League, and has a mas­ter’s de­gree from New York Academy of Art. He has a de­gree in anatom­i­cal and sur­gi­cal draw­ing with honors from Univer­sity of Bologna in Italy and has stud­ied with ac­claimed Bri­tish painter, Jenny Sav­ille.

His il­lus­tra­tions have ap­peared in Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can Mag­a­zine, Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can Mind, Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can Ex­plo­rations, Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can Books, Nat­u­ral His­tory Mag­a­zine, New York Times-Science Times and the Ital­ian mag­a­zine Salve.


Roberto Osti leads an anatomy talk at Townsend Ate­lier. “Shaman” by Roberto Osti.


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