The Intersection of Art and Surgery

For centuries, the human anatomy has been studied by artists and physicians. Historically, artists and surgeons have approached anatomy differently. Artists have focused on symmetry proportion and the beauty of human anatomy. Surgeons have focused on the anatomic structure and function of the human body.

The Greatest Artist of the Renaissance were students of the science of anatomy. Artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo DA Vinci, who were very interested in the detailed anatomy human form in their art, observed physicians at work to learn the layers of muscle and bone structures that formed certain parts of the body. Physicians, on the other hand, have a long history of using artists to draw illustrations for the high volume of texts coming out in the field of anatomy.
Dr Wright has found inspiration from art his entire life. However, in medical school while studying anatomy, he found sketching anatomical structures from different perspectives gave him a deeper understanding than any text or lecture could.

As a result of focusing his practice on Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr Wright has found the lessons learned from art such as depth, proportions, balance and changing perspectives have greatly helped him be a better cosmetic surgeon. Over the years he has taken multiple sculpting classes, including several geared specifically for sculpting for surgeons.
The three dimensional understanding of human surface anatomy that results from sculpting with clay imparts a deeper appreciation of aesthetically pleasing curves, shapes and proportions. Every hour invested in figure sculpture, sculpting of the human form, has improved the artistry of Wright’s cosmetic surgery tenfold. Cosmetic Surgery at its best is the application of artistic ideas and ideals from sculpture to human form.