De Humani Corporis Fabrica

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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.

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica

National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, “Dream Anatomy: Gallery,” (Accessed: 17 June 2016) [Many more images at the website]