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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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Figure of a dissected courtier. Cropped from John Browne, A compleat treatise of the muscles, as they appear in the humane body, and arise in dissection... (London, 1681). Copperplate engraving.

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A compleat treatise of the muscles, as they appear in the humane body, and arise in dissection...

London, 1681. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.

John Browne
(1642-ca. 1702)
[author/anatomist]

The figure of an anatomized courtier langorously postures atop an absurd pedestal. The overall effect is travesty. In reality the nobility and gentry were protected from dissection—anatomists used the bodies of criminals, outcasts and the poor.



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