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Université de Fribourg

Métamorphoses de l'utérus, d'Hippocrate à Ambroise Paré

Dasen, Véronique ; Université de Fribourg

In: Gesnerus, 2002, vol. 59, p. 167-186

The treatise Des monstres et prodiges (1579, 1585) by Ambroise Paré includes a vignette depicting a monstruous embryo in the form of a human head surrounded with snakes. This picture belongs to the iconographic tradition relating to the Graeco-Roman mythology of sexuality and procreation. It derives from the belief in the womb's animal nature, illustrated on magic Graeco-Roman and Byzantine...