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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 fetus extracted from its mother’s womb. From Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty, Anatomie des parties de la génération de l’homme et de la femme (Paris, 1773). Colored mezzotint.

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Anatomie des parties de la génération de l’homme et de la femme

Paris, 1773. Colored mezzotint. National Library of Medicine.

Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty
(1717-1785)
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The grotesquerie of subject matter, stiffness of the figure, and eccentric arrangement of body parts make for a characteristic dreaminess that eerily anticipates 20th-century modernism.



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