The Ashmolean Mummy Boy 3 (lying on his back), by Angela Palmer (2011).
This is an ink drawing on 111 sheets of glass. It's based on CT scans of the mummy of a young boy, which lies next to this artwork in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
I was stunned when I saw this. I'll tell you why...
Firstly, it's situated in a museum. Most of the objects in the Ashmolean are hundreds or thousands of years old. Historical artefacts, if you like. But this drawing was made in 2011 by a contemporary artist.
Secondly, the drawing has been placed next to the object that inspired it: a mummified boy. Did I say object? 'Person' would be more appropriate. It's easy to forget that a mummy was once a living human being like you and me.
And thirdly, the artwork is described as a drawing but looks like a sculpture. The sheets of glass are two-dimensional but they are lined up to occupy a three-dimensional space, which most sculptures do. I could walk around the piece and view its 3D image from different angles.
Is it a drawing? Is it a sculpture? Or is it both? Does it matter what category or categories of art it belongs to?
The important thing is that it made me stop and think and feel. I thought the contours of the boy's body were fascinating. I thought it was admirable of the museum to commission and display it. I felt sadness for the boy's untimely death. Respect for the artist that created it. And excitement for the inspiration it gave me.
Have you experienced any art recently that made you stop and think and feel?
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.