Muscles, As they appear in Humane Body

These images come from a book published in the 1680s entitled A Complete Treatise of the Muscles.


  • October 20, 2010 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

    i agree, dainty and gentleman. i find it interesting that these sketches are not just dissections of bone and tissue, but also artistic renditions of movement. i think my favorite is the 8th one down – of the legs. from the knee down – totally normal walking legs (ignoring that they are disembodied legs), but from the knee up – flayed muscles and hip bones!

  • October 20, 2010 - 12:42 am | Permalink

    So much daintier than Vesalius’ Fabrica. I especially like the gentle strip-tease of Tab. II. Adonis before the goring. Thanks for these!

  • October 18, 2010 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Why have today’s anatomists forgotten how to make their illustrations entertaining and artistic, and not just enlightening?

  • October 18, 2010 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I know. Grotesque yet captivating. I love the whole neo-classical thing too. ‘Look I’m on a plinth with a curly hairdo. See my pretty muscles!’

  • October 18, 2010 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Wow, such detailed drawings and yet how utterly grotesque. What a great find. I like the ones where the model is holding the flaps of the muscle themselves as if to say ‘ta da!’

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