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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 dancing skeleton his spine, ribs and hip, while other bones float in the air. Cropped from Pietro Berrettini da Cortona, Tabulae anatomicae... (Rome, 1741). Copperplate engraving.

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Tabulae anatomicae...

Rome, 1741. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.

Pietro Berrettini da Cortona
(1596-1669)
[artist]

A skeleton dances a lively step; in the background an arrangement of bones float in the air. Berrettini’s exuberant flourishes take their cue from the theatricalism of baroque drama and court entertainments.



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