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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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A skeleton with muscles still attached, in front of a smoky landscape. From Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani  (London, 1749). Copperplate engraving with etching. Artist: Jan Wandelaar.

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Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani

London, 1749. Copperplate engraving with etching. National Library of Medicine.

Bernhard Siegfried Albinus
(1697-1770)
[anatomist]

Jan Wandelaar
(1690-1759)
[artist]

Wandelaar’s backgrounds are intended to be both beautiful and poetically evocative, a meditation on nature and mortality that complements the idealized figure of humanity.



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