1610: Anatomical Theatre, Leiden

“An anatomical theatre was an institution at early modern universities. It was common to display skeletons at some place in the theatre; in Leiden, 17th-century depictions show that the living observers were actually accompanied in the rows by a large number of animal and human skeletons, some of which held banners with inscriptions such as Memento mori, or, freely translated, “Remember, you will die”.”

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