ARM & HAND DISSECTION 3
This engraving is from Govard Bidloo's monumental work Anatomia humani corporis or Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams, Dutch Edition, was published in 1690 in Amsterdam by Joannes van Someren, Joannes van Dyk, Hendrik, and Dirk Boom.
The work was drawn by Gerard de Lairesse and considered to be "masterpieces of Dutch Baroque art" (Garrison & Morton 385). Lairesse created a realness with his art, showing the human body dissected in contrast to the skin in it's natural form. It is widely believed that some of Lairesse's drawings were engraved by Abraham Bloteling, a line engraver who also worked in the field of mezzotints. Pieter and Philip van Gunst are also believed to have engraved many of the plates.
Bidloo began this work in 1676 while obtaining his medical degree and working as a surgeon. Bidloo was a Dutch physician, anatomist, poet, playwright and served as the personal physician of William III, Dutch Stadholder and King of England. Bidloo's work is noted for its early depictions of skin and hair from microscope observation (Christie's).
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