Engraving. Sheet size: 185 x 135mm (7¼ x 5½"). Trimmed inside plate. Laid on backing sheet.
A portrait of the anatomist Andreas van Wesel (1514-64), Latinised as Andreas Vesalius, author of the highly influential 'De humani corporis fabrica'. Published in Isaac Bullart's 'Académie des Sciences et des Arts'. He is often considered to be the founder of modern human anatomy. Starting his study in Paris where he later moved to Padua for his doctorate. Upon completion in 1537 he was immediately offered the chair of surgery and anatomy. He took his studies further by understanding the correlation between surgery and anatomy, by performing dissections himself and producing detailed charts for his students. Vesalius' pamphlet on blood letting , for the treatment of various illnesses, underlined the importance of understanding the structure of the body in medicine. After many years he chose to take up medical practice and he became physician to the Imperial Court of Emperor Charles V and in 1555 took service with Charles' son, Philip II of Spain. In 1564 he left to tour the Holy Land but died in October on the island of Zakynthos during the journey home.
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