The images in Tabulae Sceleti et Musculorum Corporis Humani are known for their
scientific accuracy as well as their artistry. Albinus and engraver Jan Wandelaar
worked together for decades to produce the images for Albinus’ works. They used
a mesh grid in front of the specimen to ensure accuracy and proportion. Wandelaar
added detailed backgrounds that give the specimens a lifelike quality, even adding
shadows under the skeleton’s feet.
One of the most famous images from Tabulae Sceleti et Musculorum Corporis Humani
includes Miss Clara the Rhino. Miss Clara was the pet of a Dutch East India Company
employee, who sent her to Europe in 1741. It had been nearly 200 years since a rhino
had been in Europe, and she quickly became a celebrity. She appears in several
paintings of the period, and Wandelaar likely added her as a novelty.