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Definition of the noun écorché

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noun - plural: ecorches

  1. [art] A figure drawn, painted or sculpted so as to show the muscles of the body without skin.


écorché a.k.a. Écorché: An écorché is a figure drawn, painted, or sculpted showing the muscles of the body without skin, normally as a figure study for a work, or as an exercise in training. Renaissance architect and theorist, Leon Battista Alberti recommended that when painters intend to depict a nude, they should first arrange the muscles and bones, then depict the overlying skin.

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