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De dissectione partium corporis humani... by Charles Estienne and Étienne de la Rivière

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De dissectione partium corporis humani...

Paris, 1545. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.

Charles Estienne
(1504-ca. 1564)

Étienne de la Rivière
(d. 1569)

The anatomical figure sits on a fanciful throne, with a leg casually propped up on the framed caption. In the upper left, a solitary figure looks on from atop a parapet. To cut costs, Estienne took some of his illustrations from non-anatomical books, replacing a section of the woodblock with an insert that depicted the body's interior. In this female figure, the boundary of the insert is revealed by a faint white line under her left arm.


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