Table 88: A Skeleton Risen from its Tomb

Title

Table 88: A Skeleton Risen from its Tomb

Subject

Anatomy

Description

The 88th table in Govard Bidloo's Anatomia Humani Corporis, and his later atlas Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams, depicts a skeletal figure holding a piece of drapery walking towards a tomb int he ground. The skeletal figure is situated beside a tomb in the ground, blocked out by large sheets of stone, located under a rusticated archway. In the background, a burial monument with a pyramidal block of stone resting atop female sphinx like figures is set on a pedestal. The artist Gerard de Lairesse, who designed the plates, took great liberty in creating a historicized landscape, complete with pastoral scenery of flowing trees, and rolling fields that lead to a far off town. The skeleton is shown walking away from the viewer, the body positioned in a contraposto stance with one leg engaged and the other abound to step onto the ledge of the tomb. Letters label the different bones that make up the skeleton, though the anatomist has decided to only provide labeling for the larger and more easily identifiable bones.

Creator

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

Source

Anatomia Humani Corporis
Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams

Publisher

Printed for the widow of Joannes van Someren, the heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and widow of Theodore Boom in 1685 and 1690
Printed at the theatre for Samuel Smith and Benjamin Walford, printers to the Royal Society in 1698.

Date

1685
1690
1698

Contributor

Govard Bidloo
Gerard de Lairesse
Peter van Gunst
Philip van Gunst

Rights

Public Access (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2004)

Relation

Anatomia Humani Corporis
Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams

Format

Jpeg

Language

Latin
Dutch

Type

Medical Text

Identifier

Seventeenth century Dutch medical practice

Date Created

1685

Is Part Of

Anatomia Humani Corporis
Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams

Extent

62.5 x 36 cm

Medium

Copperplate engraving on paper

Bibliographic Citation

Govard Bidloo. "88th Table." 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

bidloo_t88.jpg

Citation

Gerard de Lairesse (artist), Peter and Philip van Gunst (engravers), “Table 88: A Skeleton Risen from its Tomb,” U of G Omeka, accessed September 24, 2018, https://digex.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/2756.

Item Relations

This Item dcterms:relation Item: Anatomia Humani Corporis, Allegorical Title Page
This Item dcterms:relation Item: Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams, Allegorical Title Page
This Item dcterms:relation Item: Portrait of Govard Bidloo
This Item dcterms:relation Item: Portrait of William Cowper

Geolocation

Latitude: 52.3702157
Longitude: 4.8951678999999
Address: Amsterdam