This etching by Anton Joseph von Prenner reproduces a painting by the German painter Christopher Paudiss, known as Baudiz. Working by the glow of candlelight, a seated man studies an anatomical text at a desk overflowing with papers, plaster models, and books. Both human and animal skulls are visible on the table and hung on the rear wall. Sketches and drawings indicate the anatomist's artistic endeavors. At right, a small glass distillation apparatus sits over a fire, indicating alchemical as well as anatomical knowledge.
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