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Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius

DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA LIBRI SEPTEM, 2nd EDITION, 1555

The most famous illustration of the Fabrica shows a skeleton thoughtfully considering a skull. It reflects on its own mortality. At the same time, the inscription on the grave promises that the spirit will survive.

An ambivalence between religiosity and the curious discovery of nature becomes apparent.

The subject presumably originates with Hans Holbein (junior).