Govard Bidloo & Gérard de Lairesse - Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams. Amsterdam, 1960. Copperplate engraving with etching. National Library of Medicine. Via Dream Anatomy: A National Library of Medical Exhibit.
This stark dissection—with ragged flesh fully displayed and hands bound with a cord—signals a commitment to a higher level of realism. To our eyes, the picture may suggest a distressing indifference to, or even pleasure in, human suffering.