Gerard-de-Lairesse

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Those of us working here in the medical library know Gerard de Lairesse (1641-1711) from the beautiful anatomical illustrations he created for Govard Bidloo’s Anatomia Humani Corporis, but de Lairesse was much more than just a medical illustrator. He not only created Baroque trompe-l’oeil paintings for prominent homes and businesses in Amsterdam, but wrote his own treatises on the theory of painting.  The images here come from his Groot schildberboek (Great Book of Painting), in which he argued for the superiority of classicism over realism in art.