The image to the right, Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative by Francesco Bertinatti, depicts one aspect (anatomical study) of the wide-ranging subject area of the History of Science and Technology.
Created in the mid-1800s, the stiffness of the lithograph's figures—and the self-conscious theatricality of the scene, combined with the high 'finish' of the lithograph—lend it a dreamy quality that anticipates 20th-century surrealism.
This dreamy visual quality could well be compared to the incredibility of the scientific and technological advances that have come to pass since this lithograph first was inked.
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