Skip Navigation Bar
 
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
Introduction Anatomical Dreamtime Getting Real Visionary and Visible Gallery Learning Station Exhibit Information Exhibition Program Site Map History of Medicine Division National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Dream Anatomy Home
A dissected torso that serves as an anatomical coat of arms. The phrase 'INEVITABILE FATUM (inevitable fate), 1537' is inscribed on the base. Cropped, from Johannes Eichmann (also known as Dryander), Anatomiae, hoc est, corporis humani dissectionis... (Marburg, 1537). Woodcut.

Click on the artwork above for a higher resolution images.
(loading time is long for slow connections)




Anatomiae, hoc est, corporis humani dissectionis...

Marburg, 1537. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.

Johannes Eichmann
(also known as Dryander)

(1500-1560)
[anatomist]

Dryander, a German professor of anatomy, revised the works of Berengario and Mondino. Here, a torso serves as an anatomical coat of arms. The phrase "INEVITABILE FATUM" (inevitable fate) links the illustration to the iconography of death: the dissected body and skeleton remind us of our mortality.

< Previous Image | Next Image >
Complete Gallery of Images