Anatomia Humani Corporis, Allegorical Title Page

Title

Anatomia Humani Corporis, Allegorical Title Page

Subject

Anatomy

Description

The allegorical title page of Anatomia Humani Corporis displays a scene with several individuals performing various tasks in a classical landscape. In the foreground, Father time is shown holding an hourglass while his scythe lies on the ground on the left. On the right of the foreground, three putti are depicted; one hold a piece of parchment, presumably with an anatomical diagram on it in front of the other two, one of which holds a skull, and the other points to a forearm which is spread across a small table. Behind them is the title of the atlas, which reads "Godefridi Bidloo Medicinae Doctoris et Chirurgi Anatomia Humani Corporis Centum et quinque tabulis Illustrata." This is engraved upon a shield resting against a platform on which the allegory of Medicine sits, identified by the large volume that she rests against and the knife like tool she holds in her hand. Beside her, a young boy stands, his face shrouded by drapery, and the skin of his arm removed to display the inner musculature. Flying above and behind the allegory of Medicine is Gloria, identified by her wings and two horns. Finally, in the background, flanked by distinctly Baroque architecture, two skeletons converse with each other,

Creator

Gerard de Lairesse (artist), Peter and Philip van Gunst (engravers)

Publisher

Vassar College Library

Date

1685

Contributor

Govard Bidloo
Gerard de Lairesse
Peter van Gunst
Phillip van Gunst

Rights

Public Access (Vassar College Library)

Relation

Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams

Format

Jpeg

Language

Latin

Type

Medical Text

Identifier

Seventeenth century Dutch medical practice

Date Created

1690

Is Part Of

Anatomia Humani Corporis

Extent

62.5 x 36 cm

Medium

Copperplate engraving on paper

Bibliographic Citation

Govard Bidloo, Anatomia Humani Corporis. Amsterdam, for the widow of Joannes van Someren, the heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and widow of Theodore Boom, 1685.

Audience

Artists
Medical practitioners
Medical students

Files

anatomia title page.JPG

Citation

Gerard de Lairesse (artist), Peter and Philip van Gunst (engravers), “Anatomia Humani Corporis, Allegorical Title Page,” Digital Exhibits, accessed May 29, 2024, https://digex.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/2751.

Item Relations

This Item dcterms:relation Item: Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams, Allegorical Title Page
Item: The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, Allegorical Title Page dcterms:relation This Item
Item: Portrait of Govard Bidloo dcterms:relation This Item
Item: Table 88: A Skeleton Risen from its Tomb dcterms:relation This Item
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