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Rare Anatomical Engraving - Visio Catoptri Microcosmici Tertia - Lucas Kilian

Rare Anatomical Engraving - Visio Catoptri Microcosmici Tertia - Lucas Kilian

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DESCRIPTION:
Rare anatomical engraving entitled "Visio Catoptri Microcosmici Tertia" (Third Vision from Mirrors of the Microcosm) by Lucas Kilian (German, 1579–1637) after Johann Remmelin (German, 1583–1632), published in Germany by Johann Schultes. This print originates from trio of engraved, etched, and letterpress-printed anatomical broadsheets by the Augsburg artist Lucas Kilian boast over a hundred superimposed organ flaps. The viewer could dissect its male and female corpses as an educational medical exercise or purely out of morbid curiosity. The medical doctor Johann Remmelin, who designed these flap prints as a student, coyly denied responsibility for the 1613 edition until the single-sheet prints appeared to be selling. Then he blessed the reuse of his “unripe fruit” as book illustrations.Perhaps uniquely for flap prints of this era, eighteenth-century restrikes from the plates for the 1619 second state are known. These show how tightly Kilian organized the interior flaps for printing. The etched organ flaps were cut out and pasted on the backs of the main engraved images, which were cut open, forming yet more flaps. Each constructed impression has survived in a different arrangement and bears signs of viewer interaction. The series elicited strong reactions due to its heady mix of allegorical iconography and Vesalian anatomy, made ever more potent by the removable organs and naked flesh. The reverse side is blank. This is an original print, not a modern reproduction. Many more antique drawings and prints on dahlstromsfineart.
DETAILS:
Dimensions: 12” x 18” inches / 36 cm x 47 cm
Artist or Maker: Lucas Kilian after Johann Remmelin
Place and year of publication: Ulm, Germany, 1661
Publisher: Johann Schultes
Medium: Engraving
Material: Ivory laid paper
*We provide a Certificate of Authenticity upon request.


CONDITION:
The work in good condition overall. There may be a few minor imperfections or fox or mottled marks to be expected with age. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.
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