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The Anatomical Lesson of Professor Pauw

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.




Andries Stock (Dutch, c. 1580-after 1648)
after Jacques de Gheyn II (Dutch, 1565-1629)

About this artwork

Lucas Kilian’s Mirrors of the Microcosm (see 1944.461, .462, and .521) were very likely used for reference in the Leiden University anatomy theater, as a set of the 1613 broadsides entered the collection in 1618. The theater already had a tradition of teaching from prints during dissections. In 1598, its founder, Professor Pieter Pauw, had forty prints after Vesalius framed and pasted onto a board for the walls of the theater. The flap broadsides were likely used in a similar didactic manner. Pauw also installed skeletons (visible in the background) and skulls (under the table) to educate his students as well as decorate the space and remind spectators of their impending demise.

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Prints and Drawings


Jacob de Gheyn, II


The Anatomical Lesson of Professor Pauw




Made 1615


Engraving on ivory laid paper


285 × 221 mm (image); 305 × 221 mm (sheet)

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Gift of Dr. Ira Frank

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