The Transparent Man

Galata Greek Primary School


“What do the insides of our bodies look like? This perennial question has occupied and frightened humans, and has resulted in some of the most striking and influential images by doctors and artists… The idea of modelling the impervious human body as a visually penetrable object came right after the development of the X-ray and of psychoanalysis in the late 19th century… The Transparent Man was an immediate sensation, becoming a hugely popular traveling exhibit with millions of visitors… The Transparent Man actually visited Turkey in 1938. It was first exhibited at the 10th Exhibition of Local Goods at the Galatasaray High School in Istanbul, and at the 8th International Izmir Fair during the summer of the same year.” –EK


The Transparent Man is a life-sized model of a man developed in 1927. Designed by German doctor and scientist Franz Tschacker, it was conceived as an educational device on anatomy and hygiene for the wider public. The Transparent Man revolutionized self-perception. The model’s clear skin exposes the inner intricacies of the body, revealing the multi-layered spatial relationships between internal organs and the skeletal, arterial venous, nervous and lymphatic systems.