I have always been enchanted by those anatomical engravings in which a
partially or completely flayed corpse cavorts in the great outdoors. Often,
the specimen stands in front of some bucolic scene or large animal.
That particular engraving after Albinus which features a skeleton standing
incongruously before a rhinoceros inspired me to depict the remains of the
famous Joseph Merrick, known more commonly as "the Elephant Man." The choice
of featuring Merrick's remains seemed natural; after all, since Michael "King of Pop" Jackson
allegedly tried to purchase them Merrick's bones
are now nearly as famous as he was.
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