A Collection of Antique Anatomical Free Skeleton Pictures
With Halloween not far away I thought it would be fun to curate a wonderful fun collection of vintage skeleton illustrations.
Skeletons are a popular both as a decoration and a costume idea for Halloween. On Halloween night the image of skeletons and skulls are everywhere.
The insides of a human are considered scary especially when they are bones walking about. Like ghosts, skeletons are associated with death that is why they are associated with Halloween.
Did you know that a human is born with 270 bones on their skeleton which then shrinks to about 206 bones in adulthood as some of the bones fuse together.
The human skeleton performs six major functions; support, movement, protection, production of blood cells, storage of minerals, and endocrine regulation.
Frame these vintage skeleton pictures and you will have a wonderful addition to your Halloween decorations. I actually think that these anatomical drawings would look great on the walls all year round. They would be great for using with any Halloween crafts and DIYs.
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The Antique Anatomical Skeleton Illustrations
This great skeleton illustration and skull drawings are from the book “A System of Anatomy For The Use Of Students Of Medicine (Volume 1)” . This book by Casper Wistar was published in 1839.
For those of you are interested there is a key relating to the skeleton figures.
Fig. 1. A Front View of the Male Skeleton. A, The os frontis. B, The os parietale. C, The coronal suture. D,The squamous part of the temporal bones. E, The squamous suture. F,The zygoma. G, The mastoid process. H, The temporal process of the sphenoid bone. I, The orbit. K, The os malse. L, The os maxillare su-perius. M, Its nasal process. N. The ossa nasi. O, The os unguis. P,The maxilla inferior. Q, The teeth, which are sixteen in number in eachjaw. R, The seven cervical vertebrae, with their intermediate cartilages.S, Their transverse processes. T, The twelve dorsal vertebra?, with their intermediate cartilages. U, The five lumbar vertebrae. V, Their trans-verse process. W, The upper part of the os sacrum. X, Its lateral parts. The holes seen on its forepart are the passages of the undermost spinal nerves and small vessels. Opposite to the holes, the marks of the original division of the bones are seen. Y, The os il
This image is by the Dutch physician and anatomist Govard Bidloo, in 1690. Judging by the size of the skull on this skeleton drawing in relation to the rest of the body, I would think this is a drawing of a child’s skeleton.
A wonderful example of the human skeleton from the seminal book “Dictionnaire Universel d’histoire Naturelle” published in 1849.
I’ve already shared some wonderful animal prints and images from this famous book by Charles d’Orbigny.
Another child skeleton drawing this time by the Scottish surgeon and anatomist, Alexander Monro.
This wonderful illustration is believed to be from 1690 it is from the collection at the Welcome Trust.
These are interesting skeleton illustrations comparing the skeleton of a human with that of an elephant. The drawing is by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins 1860.
Another fabulous piece of skeleton art from the Welcome Trust. This one is by Frederik Ruysch the Dutch anatomist.
I love the pose of this human skeleton. It almost looks like the skeleton is dancing. It is from the book “A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl“.
Another vintage skeleton image from 1690.
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