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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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Dissected cadaver, with ribcage opened to show spine, rests against a wall. Cropped, from Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Basel, 1543). Woodcut. Artists: 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

A ruined body leans against ancient ruins, a metaphoric echo. Here, visual metaphor coexists with a commitment to accurate naturalist depiction.

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