An écorché figure seen from the back, holding a length of rope. Engraving by G. Bonasone, 155-.

  • Bonasone, Giulio, approximately 1498-approximately 1580.
[between 1550 and 1559]
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The end of the rope in the écorché's raised right hand is looped, suggesting a noose such as one seen in the second print of the series held by another écorché seen from the back. The noose is a reference to the most common supply of subjects for dissection, executed criminals. This imagery had also been used for one of the muscle plates of Berengario da Carpi's Commentaria of Bologna 1521 (fol. 519r) It was reused in the same author's Isagogae breves, which went through several editions after its first publication in Bologna in 1522


[Bologna], [between 1550 and 1559]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 15.4 x 11 cm


IVB At lower left corner bears the partially effaced number: 9


Ninth in a series of fourteen anatomical prints by G. Bonasone

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, 21 vols, Leipzig 1854-1870, repr. Würzburg 1920-1922, xv, p. 94, no. 337 (9)
S. Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exh. cat., Rome: Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica - Calcografia, 1983, i, pp. 109-111, no. 179
L. Choulant, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, tr. and ed. by M. Frank, Chicago 1920, revd. ed. 1945, pp. 166-167


Wellcome Collection 26251i


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