Zero tolerance

18th April 1997 at 01:00
It is an interesting adjunct to the art science divergence debate that the artist Antony Noel-Kelly has been arrested for an activity that was considered entirely acceptable within the genre of Romanticism.

The anatomical realism displayed in Gericault's "Raft of the Medusa" is directly attributable to his studies from corpses and body parts "borrowed" from a morgue.

It intrigues me that, in an era when not an eyelid is raised when trains are allowed to run over a woman's body for hours, and it is considered amusing for medical students to take cadavers to parties, a serious artist is castigated for traditional methods.

TOM HARDY 176 Bedford Hill London

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