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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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Flayed man holding up his skin, with stretched-out face. Cropped, from Juan Valverde de Amusco, Anatomia del corpo humano... (Rome, 1559). Copperplate engraving.

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Anatomia del corpo humano...

Rome, 1559. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.

Juan Valverde de Amusco
(ca. 1525 - ca. 1588)

A flayed cadaver holds his skin in one hand and a dissecting knife in the other. The skin’s distorted face has the appearance of a ghost or a cloud, suggesting that spirit has been separated from, or peeled off of, the fleshy inner man.

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