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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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An anatomist lectures in a classroom before a partly dissected body propped up on a stand and suspended by his hand from a rope. From Francesco Bertinatti, Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative (Turin, 1837-39). Lithograph.

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Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative

Turin, 1837-39. Lithograph. National Library of Medicine.

Francesco Bertinatti
(fl. mid-1800s)
[anatomist]

The stiffness of the figures, and self-conscious theatricality of the scene, combined with the high "finish" of the lithograph, lend it a dreamy quality that anticipates 20th-century surrealism.



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