'Anatomia Humani Corporis' from 1685 by Bidloo Govard with illustrations by Gerard de Lairesse

Govert Bidloo (1649 – 1713), Dutch Golden Age physician and anatomist who became the personal physician of William III of Orange-Nassau, Dutch Stadholder and King of England. In 1685 he published an anatomical atlas 'Anatomia Humani Corporis'. It described papillary ridges on skin and was one of the pioneering scientific observations which laid the foundation of forensic identification using fingerprints The atlas was illustrated with 105 plates by Gerard de Lairesse showing the human figure both in living attitudes and as dissected cadavers.

A superb selection of the original plates are available here from World of Art faithfully reproduced for your pleasure and interest

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