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Skeleton of a boy sitting on the 'D' of 'Dream', from Francesco Bertinatti, Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative (Turin, 1837-39).  Artist: Mecco Leone. Lithograph
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De Humani Corporis Fabrica... by Andreas Vesalius

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica...

Basel, 1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.

Andreas Vesalius
(1514-1564)
[anatomist]

Stephen van Calcar and the Workshop of Titian
[artists]

The only known first-hand likeness of Vesalius shows the formally attired anatomist grasping the dissected arm of a cadaver. Vesalius’s head is disproportionately large compared to his body, but the cadaver is larger still — leading to speculation that the engraver pulled the composition together from several sources.



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