This recently discovered painting shows a patient lying inside a womb-like CT-scan machine, as if awaiting birth, an illustration of the immersive nature of technology to modern medicine. The design features a man at the intersection of a circle inside a square, a reference to Leonardo’s famous drawing, “Vitruvius Man,” which used a similar compositional device. The vertical/ horizontal crosshairs of the machine draw the viewer’s eye to the small figure at the center of the image and reinforce his suspension in a geometrical matrix. The patient looks like a body in a morgue, as well as an astronaut in a space capsule. There is a sensation here of crossing into an unknown frontier.
Inside the Machine (CT Scan)