Color printing enhanced the grotesque aspects of this monstrous fetus, shown here in two views. Inclusion in a popular journal offered scientific and artistic reasons to be fascinated by the image. Source: "Planche A. De l'Anatomie pour l'Histoire Naturelle." From Observations periodiques sur la physique, l'histoire naturelle. . . 80, vol. 1., pt. 1 (1752), opposite page 16.

From The creation of color in eighteenth-century Europe by Sarah Lowengard

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  • European: 1400-1800
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  • Drawing of a spermatazoon-fetus. Color printing enhanced the grotesque aspects of this monstrous fetus, shown here in two views. Inclusion in a popular journal offered scientific and artistic reasons to be fascinated by the image. Source: "Planche A. De l'Anatomie pour l'Histoire Naturelle." From Observations periodiques sur la physique, l'histoire naturelle. . . 80, vol. 1., pt. 1 (1752), opposite page 16.