Picture depicts the black and white cover of Ann Millett Gallant’s book “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art.” The illustration is a reproduction of Joel Peter Witkin’s 2003 photograph “First Casting for Milo.” The image shows a female model with shortened arms, standing, her skin painted white to resemble marble. She wears a white-powdered wig of wavy hair styled into a low bun; a white, structured bra; and a grey, heavily wrinkled large piece of fabric that is bunched and cinched at her waist to create a floor-length skirt. Her head is turned in profile to the viewer’s left. Her right arm, shortened just below the elbow, rests slightly away from the right side of her body. Her left arm, shortened above the wrist, extends from her left side and rests on the top of a pole. A branch with flowers emerges from the pole. She stands on a marble pedestal. The top is barely discernible. A small dog stands at an angle beside her, at her feet, and to the viewer’s left on the pedestal. The pointy-eared, squat dog is completely white except for black patches around his eyes and his left ear. The dog looks to the viewer’s left. In the upper left, across from the model’s right shoulder is a disembodied hand holding a film director’s clapboard upside down. Grey and silver splotches create a spectral background. In the top left corner, is the text: The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art. Above the head of the dog and in the center-left edge of the cover is the text: Ann Millett Gallant. [end of description]

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