Ancient anatomists in discussion around a cadaver. Engraving by G. Appelmans, 1674.

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A corpse, with an incision to its abdomen, is the subject of an anatomy attended by a group of figures in primarily antique dress. In the niche in the right background is a skeleton in the pose of the first skeleton plate in Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica (Basel 1543). On the wall to the left of this niche and above a set of surgical instruments is the relief portrait of the Danish anatomist and physician, Thomas Bartholin, framed in palms. This is comparable to the portrait of Bartholin (see this catalogue, no. 817), after H. Ditner, engraved by G. Appelmans, who also engraved this title page to the fourth edition of Bartholin's compendium of the works of his father, Caspar Bartholin snr.


Ludg. Batav. [Leiden] : Ex officina Hackiana, 1674.

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 15.5 x 10.3 cm


Anatomia Bartholiniana ; Appelmans sculp.

References note

G. Wolf-Heidegger and A. M. Cetto, Die anatomische Sektion in bildlicher Darstellung, Basel and New York 1967, no. 190, pp. 262-263


Wellcome Collection 25162i



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