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Foetal skeletons diorama, 17th century

Foetal skeletons diorama, 17th century

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36.3 x 41.9 cm ⏐ 14.3 x 16.5 in (300dpi)

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Foetal skeletons diorama. 18th-century illustration of one of the foetal skeleton dioramas assembled by Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), which he put on display to the public at his museum ('cabinet of curiosities') in Amsterdam towards the end of the 17th century. This example includes foetal and infant skeletons, arrayed with tissues from human testes, sheep intestines, dried arteries and veins, gallstones and kidney stones. A mayfly (bottom) symbolises short life. At top, a skeleton is playing a 'violin' with the scene captioned: 'Ah Fate, ah Bitter Fate!' These illustrations of the dioramas were published from 1701 to 1716 as engravings by Cornelius Huyberts in 'Thesaurus anatomicus primus'.

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