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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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Monstrous dissected man gesturing. Cropped, from Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica... (Basel, 1543). Woodcut.  Artist: Stephen van Calcar and the Workshop of Titian.

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica...

Basel, 1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.

Andreas Vesalius

Stephen van Calcar and the Workshop of Titian

Anatomical representation makes the insides of our bodies visible and familiar, but also reveals a strangeness, an otherness. In dramatizing the dissected body, Vesalius contributed to a new visual iconography of monstrosity.

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