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Revista médica de Chile

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FIGUEROA, Gustavo. The human corpse in arts and bioethics: Michelangelo´s Pietà Rondanini. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2016, vol.144, n.2, pp.241-246. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872016000200013.

According to bioethics, life is a fundamental but not an absolute good. Therefore the value of a person resides in being alive, no matter in which state such person is. The concept of brain death is legally and ethically accepted as the definition of death. In artworks, human beings are revealed as they are. Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini captures and captures what a human corpse is, in its most intimate appearance. The artist boldly reveals its essence.

Keywords : Bioethics; Brain Death; Corpse; Euthanasia; Medicine in Art.

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