Engraving of Skeleton

Dublin Core

Title

Engraving of Skeleton

Subject

Incunabula
Copper engravings (visual works)
Skeleton
Zoan Andrea, active 1475-1505

Description

This unusual copper engraving is one of the earliest printed representations of the human skeleton, predating Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabricaby nearly half a century. Only two other specimens are known.

The engraving appears to be only the fourth printed depiction of the skeleton and the first produced by copper engraving rather than woodcut. The archaic Italian inscription below reads "I cannot deny—I said, probably just before dying—that the agony that comes before dying is extremely painful, but even more painful is the fear of eternal damnation." When Librarian James F. Ballard first saw this engraving, its fine condition caused him to question its authenticity.

Abstract

Copper engraving of skeleton, the fourth printed depiction of a skeleton and the first copper engraving of one, made by Zoan Andrea in Italy, circa 1494-1505

Creator

Zoan Andrea, active 1475-1505

Date Created

1494-1505, circa

Rights

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Access to the original work depicted requires advance notice. Contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu for additional information

Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (Ballard folio 109)

Format

image

Extent

1 copper engraving

Language

Italian

Type

still image

Identifier

DigID0002518

Provenance

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library, 1936

Files

http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/0002518_ref.jpg

Citation

Zoan Andrea, active 1475-1505, “Engraving of Skeleton,” OnView, accessed June 24, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/12575.