Science Art: Table XXVI: The Circulatory System by Giulio de’ Musi, c. 1565.

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A smugly skinless man from Bartholomeo Eustachi: Tabulae anatomicae, a series of engravings that were meant to be published in the 1560s, but were lost until 1714. In fact, the words (by Eustachi) were never found. (Oddly, these plates were published under Eustachi’s name, even though he didn’t engrave them and didn’t write the words beside them.)

The pictures, though, tell their own story.

The numbers on the sides are also worth noticing. They were used not just to give the figures a sense of scale, but also so Eustachi (or whovever was writing the commentary) could give coordinates to a particular organ or body part.

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