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De Humani Corporis Fabrica...    Basel, 1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.    Andreas Vesalius  (1514-1564)  [anatomist]    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.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica... Basel, 1543. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine. Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) [anatomist] 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.

Page 74 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring the backside of a flayed cadaver showing its muscles. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Page 74 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring the backside of a flayed cadaver showing its muscles. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Page 75 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring the backside of a flayed cadaver with flaps of muscle in the arms, hands and legs fanned away to reveal muscles underneath them. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Page 75 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring the backside of a flayed cadaver with flaps of muscle in the arms, hands and legs fanned away to reveal muscles underneath them. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Page 70 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring a flayed cadaver with its head tilted back and flaps of muscle in the face, arms, hands and legs fanned away to reveal muscles underneath them. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Page 70 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring a flayed cadaver with its head tilted back and flaps of muscle in the face, arms, hands and legs fanned away to reveal muscles underneath them. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Andreas Vesalius, 'De humani corporis fabrica libri septem'. (1543)

Andreas Vesalius, 'De humani corporis fabrica libri septem'. (1543)

Page 68 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring a flayed cadaver with flaps of muscle in the arms, hands and legs fanned away to reveal muscles underneath them. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Page 68 of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Anatomia del corpo humano, 1560 featuring a flayed cadaver with flaps of muscle in the arms, hands and legs fanned away to reveal muscles underneath them. From the collection of the National Library of Medicine. Visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/valverde_home.html

Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564), Skeleton Contemplating a Skull from De Humani Corporis Fabrica, 1543 by astropop, via Flickr

Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564), Skeleton Contemplating a Skull from De Humani Corporis Fabrica, 1543 by astropop, via Flickr

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