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De Humani Corporis Fabrica... by 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

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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