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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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fetal skeleton plays the violin, posed amidst a landscape of human and other remains. Cropped from Fredrik Ruysch, Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkindige werken... Vol. 3. Amsterdam, 1744. Etching with engraving.

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Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkindige werken...van Fredrik Ruysch... vol. 3

Amsterdam, 1744. Etching with engraving. National Library of Medicine.

Frederik Ruysch
(1638-1731)
[anatomist]

Ruysch’s "repository of curiosities" included displays of infant and fetal skeletons, placed in landscapes of human and animal body parts. This ghastly musicale is notable for its morbid whimsy.



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