Table 28: The Musculature of the Back of a Woman

Title

Table 28: The Musculature of the Back of a Woman

Subject

Anatomy

Description

The twenty eighth table of each atlas by Govard Bidloo and William Cowper depicts the back of a woman, the skin peeled away to reveal the inner musculature, while the woman's body is supported by an engaged arm. The skin has been cut down the center of the back and peeled away, draping along the sides of the woman's body under the arms. A sheet surrounds the hips and genitals, creating a modest representation of the female body. Visible are the erector spinae muscles, which travel up the length of the back, the Thoracolumbar fascia which reach out along the width of the back from the spine, the deltoid muscles on the shoulder, and the teres minor and major muscles that lie underneath the deltoids. A portion of the trapezius muscle remains on the left and right, however much has been cut off to reveal the erector spinae muscles. Fatty deposits are also visible on the skin that pools around the hips of the woman's body in the form of bubble like nodes. Although the models used for this illustration were the dead cadavers that Bidloo dissected during the late 1670s and early 1680s, Gerard de Lairesse employs his own understanding of muscles to portray how they appear in different positions.

Creator

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

Source

Anatomia Humani Corporis
Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams
The Anatomy of Humane Bodies

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

Gerard de Lairesse
Peter van Gunst
Philip van Gunst

Rights

Public Access (Vassar College Library)

Format

Jpeg

Language

Latin
Dutch
English

Type

Medical Text

Identifier

Seventeenth century Dutch medical practice

Date Created

1685

Is Part Of

Anatomia Humani Corporis
Ontleding des Meschelyken Lichaams
The Anatomy of Humane Bodies

Extent

62.5 x 36 cm

Medium

Copperplate engraving on paper

Bibliographic Citation

Govard Bidloo, "28th 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

table 28.jpg

Citation

Gerard de Lairesse (artist), Peter and Philip van Gunst (engravers), “Table 28: The Musculature of the Back of a Woman,” U of G Omeka, accessed May 22, 2018, https://digex.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/2758.

Item Relations

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Geolocation

Latitude: 52.3702157
Longitude: 4.8951678999999
Address: Amsterdam