History of Medicine
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Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams...
Amsterdam, 1690. Copperplate engraving with etching. National Library of Medicine.
Gérard de Lairesse
This stark dissection—with ragged flesh fully displayed and hands bound with a cord—signals a commitment to a higher level of realism. To our eyes, the picture may suggest a distressing indifference to, or even pleasure in, human suffering.