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Mantegna’s coral aorta

San Zeno Altarpiece Andrea Mantegna San Zeno Altarpiece (detail) Andrea Mantegna   At first sight this coral in Andrea Mantegna’s painting looks like an abdominal aorta, the Superior Mesenteric Artery arising at its upper end, other branches from lower down. Corals are the products of minute marine sack-like organisms that live in compact colonies or […]