Bidloo's and De Lairesse's early illustrations of the anatomy of the arm (1690): a successful collaboration between a prominent physician and a talented artist

Ijpma, F. F. A. & van Gulik, T. M., Jan-2013, In : Journal of Hand Surgery (European volume). 38E, 1, p. 94-99 6 p.

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Govard Bidloo (1649-1713) was trained as a surgeon at the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons, and later in his career, he became a professor of anatomy in The Hague and Leiden. At the end of the 17th century, he performed dissections on the corpses of executed criminals to teach and study anatomy. Based on his findings, he published a magnificent anatomical atlas in 1690, entitled Ontleding des Menschelijken Lichaams (Dissection of the Human Body). The talented painter Gerard De Lairesse, a pupil of Rembrandt, made the drawings of the anatomical dissections for the atlas in close collaboration with the dissector. The drawings of Bidloo and De Lairesse represent, in a unique and artistic way, an early series of anatomical preparations of the arm and hand from more than 300 years ago.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-99
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (European volume)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2013


  • Anatomy atlas, art, Gerard De Lairesse, Govard Bidloo, hand surgery, history

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