Humani Corporis Fabrica...
1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.
van Calcar and the Workshop of Titian
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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