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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus : “Table I (Human Skeleton)” (1747)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

Bernhard Siegfried Albinus published Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corpis humani (1747) in an effort to improve the scientific accuracy of anatomical illustrations. Arguably the most important medical atlas of the 18th century, it contained a total of 40 copperplate engravings, including three of full human skeletons and nine of écorché figures illustrating successively higher orders of musculature.

Albinus’s partner in the project was the artist-engraver Jan Wandelaar, a gifted draftsman with prior experience as a scientific illustrator. Together they developed a drawing technique wherein nets of square webbing were placed between the artist and the specimen, allowing the image to be copied by reference to a grid. Albinus vetted each figure for objectivity, symmetry and vitality, ordering Wandelaar to redo illustrations until they met his standards of perfection. In total, the project required 20 years to complete; 13 to produce the artwork, and a further 7 or 8 to engrave.

In order to enhance the illusion of three-dimensionality, Wandelaar was given permission to place his figures in naturalistic settings. Two such plates feature Clara, the first living rhinoceros calf brought to Europe, whose celebrity assisted in the marketing of the book. While these artistic flourishes met with some controversy in their time, they are much appreciated in our own.

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

Shipping and Returns

All orders ship within one business day. The following services are available at checkout:

United States
Shipping Class Price Estimated Delivery Window
USPS First Class Parcel Free 3 – 5 business days
USPS Priority Mail $3.99 2 – 4 business days
USPS Priority Mail Express $29.99 1 – 3 days, guaranteed
Canada *
Shipping Class Price Estimated Delivery Window
USPS First Class International $11.99 1 – 3 weeks
USPS Priority Mail Express $56.99 3 – 5 business days
International, Excluding Canada *
Shipping Class Price Estimated Delivery Window
USPS First Class International $17.99 1 – 4 weeks
USPS Priority Mail Express $62.99 3 – 5 business days

* International orders may be subject to import taxes at time of delivery.

Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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