early 1540s
Location: not on view
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Michelangelo was among the first artists in Europe to attend a human dissection and to adopt anatomical knowledge as a necessity for depicting the human figure. These drawings of anatomically accurate skeletons by Battista Franco reflect the increased—and slightly macabre—interest in the interior workings of the human body inspired in part by Michelangelo’s example.


early 1540s

Battista Franco

(Italian, c. 1510–1561)
Italy, 16th century

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