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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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Smiling skeletons with their elbows atop a bowl filled with dead people. From Bernardino Genga, Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disegno ricercata... (Rome, 1691). Copperplate engraving. Artist: Charles Errard.

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Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disegno ricercata...

Rome, 1691. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine

Bernardino Genga

Charles Errard

The association between death and anatomy continued in art anatomy, even as it waned in medical texts. Genga, a Roman anatomist, specialized in studies of classical sculptures. Errard, court painter to Louis XIV, helped found the Académie Royale de Peinture and was first Director of the Académie de France in Rome.

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