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De Humani Corporis Fabrica... by Andreas Vesalius

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica...

Basel, 1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.

Andreas Vesalius

Stephen van Calcar and the Workshop of Titian

The only known first-hand likeness of Vesalius shows the formally attired anatomist grasping the dissected arm of a cadaver. Vesalius’s head is disproportionately large compared to his body, but the cadaver is larger still — leading to speculation that the engraver pulled the composition together from several sources.


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