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Govard Bidloo (1649-1713)

John Banister (1533-1610)
Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)
Charles Estienne (c.1505-1564)
Juan de Valverde (c.1525-c.1587)
Giulio Casserio (c.1552-1616)
Adriaan van der Spiegel (c.1578-1625)
Pietro Berrettini da Cortona (1596-1669)
Govard Bidloo (1649-1713)
Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (1697-1770)

Bidloo was both playwright and librettist in addition to being an anatomist, but his appointment to the Professorship of Anatomy at the The Hague in 1685 put an end to his theatrical career. In 1696 he became Professor at Leiden. Bidloo’s anatomical reputation stands on his massive folio work, the Anatomia humani corporis, more on account of the innovative plates than for the text.

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Engraved title page from Anatomia humani corporis... Amstelodami, 1685. [Ce.1.11 ]

Title page from Anatomia humani corporis... Amstelodami, 1685. [Ce.1.11 ]

The artist was Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711) whose one hundred and five drawings represent the human figure both in living attitudes and as dissected cadavers. The latter signal a move away from the traditional Vesalian model of figures set within landscapes to a more detailed, naturalistic depiction of anatomical structures.

Anatomia humani corporis... Amstelodami, 1685. Table 70.  [Ce.1.11 ]

The plate displayed shows the muscles of the back or extensor aspect of the left forearm, together with the tendons on the dorsum of the hand.