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Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731) (anatomist); Amsterdam, 1744. Etching with engraving. National Library of Medicine

A fetal skeleton cries, posed amidst a landscape of human and other remains. Cropped from Fredrik Ruysch, Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkindige werken. Vol. Amsterdam, Etching with engraving.

A "Sea Devil" as depicted by Conrad Gessner in Historia Animalium, 2nd ed, 1604. (Smithsonian Biodiversity Heritage Library) ~ETS

Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalists

A "Sea Devil" as depicted by Conrad Gessner in Historia Animalium, ed, (Smithsonian Biodiversity Heritage Library) ~ETS

The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus,” chapter 83, published in 1491. (British Library, IB.344). Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps.

The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus”, chapter published in (British Library, twin tailed mermaid, melusine

Daphne, half-woman and half- laurel tree with Apollo The Book of the Queen, c 1410-c 1414, Harley MS 4431, f. 134v, The British Library. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=harley_ms_4431_f134v

Love a tree. Daphne, half-woman and half- laurel tree with Apollo The Book of the Queen, c Harley MS f. The British Library

Dream Anatomy. de Lairesse commingles body parts with objects taken from everyday life, a variation on the still life, a popular genre of northern European painting that often contained skulls and other allusions to human mortality.

Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams… Amsterdam, Copperplate engraving with etching. National Library of Medicine Govard Bidloo [anatomist] Gérard de Lairesse [artist] On.

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