16th Century Scientific Flap Illustrations

As understanding of the human body and organ-interconnectedness developed during the Renaissance, artists began interpreting scholarly scientific knowledge in new ways. One such manifestation was anatomical flap illustrations, or layer upon layer of drawings outlining the positions of major organs. It wasn’t just doctors drawn to these works, the broader public found these illustration educational too. Learn more about the history of anatomical flap drawings at Atlas Obscura.