Muscle maninkin holding his skin

La anatomia del corpo umano, (Venice, 1586)
Author: VALVERDE, Juan de (c. 1525–1588) Artist: Gaspar Beccerra

Valvderde’s anatomical textbook became the most widely read and studied during the Renaissance. Most of the engravings are directly copied from the woodcuts in Vesalius’ Fabrica, but there are some extra plates by Gaspar Beccerra, one of which is the flayed muscle-manikin holding a knife in one hand and his skin in the other. This engraving is copied from Michelangelo’s fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, depicting St Bartholomew (skinned alive) holding his flayed skin, which has a face being a self-portrait of Michelangelo.

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