An écorché (French pronunciation: ​[ekɔʁʃe]) 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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We are going to create both a male and female ecorche models for our viewer. The difference being these will be based on scan data so the proportions and underlying muscles will be about as accurate as we can get without chopping someone up or some how standing them up in and MRI machine.. What we need to know from you guys is which pose you would like? Something traditional or maybe something a bit more dynamic. Below are 398 poses we captured a few weeks ago, if you have time please just comment in the box below which pose you think might be the most interesting or useful, pick a few if you like the one with the most votes will win.

If you want a standard A pose just comment A Pose.

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  • Fredo Bernardo /

    My top 3 are 108, 341 and 389. 🙂

  • Some mid walking, mid running, poised to jump, mid jump, landing from jump, reaching for objects and some more standard, less dramatic standing and sitting poses would be very helpful.

    • Cheers Max, we can only do one male and female to start with but we will add more as the project progresses.

  • Something a bit more dynamic. 247,311,396 are great!

  • For an écorché number 8 is the best choice.

  • I think it would be most helpful to have a pose that is half in a relaxed neutral and half more dynamic or posed. That way you can learn more about the anatomy. There are a ton of just standing ecorches but you need them. You also need something posed so you see how those muscles move and what happens to them. Anything to extreme just get confusing. I choose 68, 371

    • Thanks Josh, Well we have time on our side so as along as the site is popular we can create as many ecorche poses as we like but I think we will be starting with the classic standing pose and then move onto the more dynamic ones.

  • I like350,352,360

  • 299, 320, or 368

  • I’m a fan of Jean-Antoine Houdon’s classical L’Ecorché… with right arm up, left arm down.

    The standing pose in 6 – 8 are good. The spinal twist in 230 is great, and 52 is a good dynamic crouching pose.

    It would be amazing if you were able to get permission to scan several of the dynamically posed plastinated humans seen on BodyWorlds.com from their traveling exhibitions. I imagine the matte surfaces would scan quite well with your photogrammetry techniques!

    • Thanks Kaleb.. Yes we really like that pose too but I think to start with we might have to focus on the default classical A pose Ecorche and then move onto the more more dynamic poses.

      He he yea we were thinking the same thing about the BodyWorlds, I really don’t think we would get permission though 🙁 I can ask.

  • I think you will need a standard, classical ecorche pose for both sexes as these are very useful in every day practise.

    Dynamic ecorche poses are also cool, so maybe a few showing the figure twisting etc.

    More important and a unique selling point would be the inclusion of your dynamic anatomy, where the user can cycle through a series of frames showing how the muscles stretch and move just like the demo you posted a short while ago. For instance, how the forearm rotates from the anterior to posterior position. I don’t think these necessarily need to be ecorche, just a very toned model.


    185, 384, 398.

    • Thanks Mark, I think that is where we will start with the classical standard poses then we will begin looking at more dynamic Ecorche figures and yes like you say maybe some ecorche in motion poses, that would be awesome!

  • 11,103,118,171,222,247,301
    I think those poses capture a wide variety of muscles being used in different proportions

  • Mark,

    It would be very useful to provide a figure in the “anatomical position.” Poses are rarely in this position which is unfortunate since anatomical texts place the skin, musculature, bones, etc. in that same position. The relaxed position of the radius and ulna places the palm of the hand in a forward facing position. The legs are relatively straight with the feet about shoulder width apart. The closest figure in the contact sheet is #397. And as an aside, the figure should be nude.

  • Francis Bezooyen /

    As many poses as possible:), but since I have to choose my choice is #8. There is an argument to be made for choosing #397 as it is close to the “standard anatomical position” that has been defined by the medical community, but the reality is that while that standard may serve well as a consistent point of reference for medical terms and texts, it is far less appropriate for the study of anatomy among artists as it is a very unnatural pose. It is after-all patterned after the pose of a cadaver lying on a table.

  • Francis Bezooyen /

    One last comment:

    I’d like to suggest that you methodically workout a series of standard poses that best demonstrate the extremities of movement in the human body, and provide scans of those poses for each model. Additional random poses would be great as well as they will undoubtedly provide useful insights of their own, but a set of deliberately designed poses would be of immense value.

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