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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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fetal skeleton plays the violin, posed amidst a landscape of human and other remains. Cropped from Fredrik Ruysch, Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkindige werken... Vol. 3. Amsterdam, 1744. Etching with engraving.

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Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkindige werken...van Fredrik Ruysch... vol. 3

Amsterdam, 1744. Etching with engraving. National Library of Medicine.

Frederik Ruysch

Ruysch’s "repository of curiosities" included displays of infant and fetal skeletons, placed in landscapes of human and animal body parts. This ghastly musicale is notable for its morbid whimsy.

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