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Portrait of Gerolamo Mercuriale  1589

by Lavinia Fontana

The Italian physician and scholar Girolamo Mercuriale (1530-1606) reads an edition of the pioneering work on human anatomy "On the Fabric of the Human Body," published first in Latin in 1543 by the great Flemish physician Andreas Vesalius. Mercuriale points to one thought-provoking illustration: a human skeleton meditating on another skull. The portrait may be one requeste...
H: 46 7/8 x W: 35 in. (119 x 88.9 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum