Printing Press – Document 3C Excerpt
Woodcut illustration in medical textbook.
De Humani Corporis Fabrica…
Basel, 1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.
Andreas Vesalius [anatomist] (1514-1564)
Stephen van Calcar and the Workshop of Titian [artists]
Vesalius dissects a cadaver in the center of a crowded anatomical theater, while Death hovers over the scene. Before De Fabrica, depictions of dissection had the anatomist presiding at some distance from the cadaver, while lower ranking barber-surgeons did the dirty work of dissecting.