Artistic Anatomy

Figurative art implies that the artist knows and dominates the representation of the forms and characteristics of the human body to perfection. For this, an excellent knowledge of the human anatomy is indispensable, which allows to explore the surface of the body. It is also crucial to be able to identify and recognise the bone structure, the muscle and the skin morphology.


  • Recognise the bone and muscle structure of the human body: parts, connections and construction.
  • Identify the morphology of muscles.
  • Understand the forms of the human body in a conceptual way.



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Artistic Anatomy, by P.M.L.P. Richer and R. Beverly Hale

It is recognized as the best anatomy book since the Renaissance. The original French edition, published in 1889, was probably used as a resource by Renoir, Braque, Degas, Bazille, and many others. The English edition, published for the first time 35 years ago, brings together the great master of nineteenth-century artistic anatomy, Dr. Paul Richer, and the most renowned master of anatomy and drawing of the human figure of the 20th-century, Robert Beverly Hale, who translated and edited the book for the modern reader.

Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (1849-1933) was a French anatomist, physiologist, sculptor and anatomical artist from Chartres (France). He was a professor of artistic anatomy at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine (1898). Richer was an assistant to Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpêtrière hospital, and from 1882 to 1896 he was head of the Salpêtrière Hospital laboratory. With Charcot he started investigations on hysteria and epilepsy, and also studied medicine and its relationship with art. In 1903, Richer was appointed to the chair of artistic anatomy at the École des Beaux-Arts and, in 1907-1908, he became president of the Société Française d’Histoire de la Médecine (French Society of the History of Medicine).

Robert Beverly Hale (1901-1985) was an artist, curator of American paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and instructor of artistic anatomy at the Arts Students League of New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was also the author of the well-known book Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, as well as the translator of the classic anatomy text Artistic Anatomy by Dr. Paul Richer.

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285/1 term

3 months

  • 16,5 hours

570/2 terms

6 months

  • 33 hours


Registrations are open all year, and we admit new students at the beginning of each term. Depending on the trimestre in which the students wish to join, there are different closing dates for registration. The minimum enrolment time is always one term, and from there, each student can renew their registration for one or more terms. Students can pursue their studies on a continuous basis, or choose to space their registrations.


  • Students may join at the beginning of a term [October-January-March]. See school calendar.
  • Applications will only be accepted online [form available at the bottom of this section, and in the upper left margin of the course page] or by filling out the form in the Academy itself.
  • The estimated response time of the Admissions Department is between 2 and 15 days.
  • For the admission process, all applications received before the end date will be taken into account, even if the student has not received an immediate response after the application was sent. Applications received after the deadline will be placed in the waiting list for the requested trimestre.
  • In the eventuality that there is no free places in the requested trimestre, the application will automatically be moved to the next term.
  • Due dates for submitting applications:

Fall term: July 10
Winter term: November 30
Spring term: February 28

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  • All payments are to be made by bank transfer to the account number specified in the confirmation email.
  • Once the student is admitted, you will be asked to confirm the booking through the payment of a non-refundable deposit. The non-refundable deposit corresponds to 10% of the total of the course.
  • The rest of the enrolment must be paid within the dates specified in the confirmation email at the rate of one payment per trimestre, and always in advance. In case of not paying the non-refundable deposit, the place will be automatically available for another student.
  • Students may request a refund (except the amount of the non-refundable deposit) that will be resolved in accordance with the school’s internal policy.
  • Any change applied once the student’s place is confirmed will involve the payment of an administrative fee.
  • Long periods of unjustified absence do not entail the reimbursement of the amount of the course.

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