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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 dissected hand and forearm propped up between the bound cover of a thick book and its first page. Cropped, from Govard Bidloo, Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams... (Amsterdam, 1690). Copperplate engraving with etching. Artist: GĂ©rard de Lairesse.

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Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams...

Amsterdam, 1690. Copperplate engraving with etching. National Library of Medicine.

Govard Bidloo

Gérard de Lairesse

Bidloo’s realistic anatomy has affinities to trompe l’oeil and still-life, two popular genres of 17th-century Netherlandish painting that often featured bones and other symbols of death.

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