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ExhibitionBoundary Crossing / 1818: Midnight Labors

With feverish excitement, Victor Frankenstein pursues nature to her hiding places. Working alone, he gathers the pieces of bodies he needs from the charnel house and the graveyard to create a living being. Although he finds his solitary preoccupation repulsive, he is not deterred from his quest to restore life.

  • A partially skinned, naked man looks to the heavens with details of musculature and his ribcage exposed.

    Illustration from De humani corporis fabrica libri decem (On the fabric of the human body), 1627

    Author: Adriaan van Spiegel (1578—1625)

    Artist: Giulio Casseri (ca. 1552—1616)

    Courtesy National Library of Medicine