Dream Anatomy header Learning Station Exhibit Information Gallery Visionary and Visible Introduction Historical Anatomies Site Map Anatomical Dreamtime Getting Real National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division Dream Anatomy
Dream Anatomy Home > Anatomical Dreamtime > Cadavers at Play

Cadavers at Play

The Anatomical Visions of Charles Estienne

Charles Estienne’s 1545 De dissectione partium corporis ("On the dissection of the parts of the human body") would have been the first lavishly illustrated anatomy, had publication not been delayed by a lengthy legal dispute with collaborator Étienne de la Rivière. The woodcuts, while imaginative, lack the rigor and detail of Vesalius’s 1543 De Fabrica—and unlike De Fabrica posed no challenge to the authority of the ancient anatomists. To cut costs, Estienne took some of his illustrations from non-anatomical books, replacing the middle of the woodblock with an insert that depicted the body’s interior.

La dissection des parties du corps humain by Charles EstienneLa dissection des parties du corps humain by Charles Estienne


Anatomical Primitives
Cadavers at Play
Next Topic: Anatomical Arts and Sciences
Body Part as Body Art
Show-off Cadavers

Next Section : Getting Real


U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services
Copyright, Privacy, Accessibility
Last updated: 9 March 2004