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Fusing modern art and science: Marian Dale Scott, Hans Selye, and the visualisation of life

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In June 1943, the prominent Canadian artist Marian Dale Scott unveiled a mural, entitled ‘Endocrinology’, that she had been commissioned by the Hungarian-born scientist Hans Selye to paint on a wall of the reading room in the Histology Department at McGill University. By focusing on a range of scientific motifs and clinical manifestations of hormone function and malfunction, Scott’s painting aimed not only to capture the ‘spirit of scientific research’, but also to invigorate the attempts of modern artists to leave the ‘isolation of the studio’ and engage more fully ‘with the moving forces of his age’. This paper explores the origins, development, delivery and legacy of this innovative collaborative project between a modern artist and scientist.

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