The pelvis of an articulated skeleton. Drawing, ca. 1560 (?).

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To keep the pelvic bones together they are tied with wire, and for stability a vertical rod is thrust through them. The pubic symphysis is wanting, and in its absence the pubes are tied together with wire



Physical description

1 drawing : pen and brown ink and light brown wash over black chalk ; sheet 37.1 x 28.5 cm

References note

Monique Kornell, 'Illustrations from the Wellcome Library: Vesalius's method of articulating the skeleton and a drawing in the collection of the Wellcome Library', Medical history, 2000, vol. 44, pp. 97-110 (repr. as pl. 1)


On the verso, two sketches: a seated male nude, in black chalk, and a pair of crossed legs seen from behind, outlined in red chalk and with a muscle filled in in black chalk


Wellcome Collection 39346i

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M. Kornell has identified other drawings by the same hand in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

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