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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 skeleton stands in front of a winged angel-child who carries a cloak. From Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani (London, 1749). Copperplate engraving with etching. Artist: Jan Wandelaar.

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Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani

(London, 1749). Copperplate engraving with etching. National Library of Medicine

Bernhard Siegfried Albinus
(1697-1770)
[anatomist]

Jan Wandelaar
(1690-1759)
[artist]

Albinus intended his figures to exemplify ideal humanity and an ideal of anatomical illustration. The cadaver, carefully chosen for its close approximation to classical ideals of proportion, stands with guardian angel hovering behind against a painterly backdrop.



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