A human skeleton, seen from the front, resting the bones of his left forearm on a spade handle, after Vesalius. Engraving by Benard, late 18th century, after a woodcut, 1543.
- Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', 1717-1783.
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Anatomie. ; Benard fecit.
1 print : engraving ; platemark 35.5 x 22 cm
J. B. de C. M. Saunders and C. D. O'Malley, The illustrations from the works of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, Cleveland and New York 1950, p. 84, pl. 21
Wellcome Library no. 35233i
Reverses the original woodcut published as the first skeleton plate to Andreas Vesalius De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, published in Basel in 1543. The position of the skull has been altered so that it no longer is tilted back but looks down slightly to its right. The mountain range of the Vesalian plate has been abandoned in favour of a gentler landscape with a cross of wood marking a grave at the lower left