Vesalius’s dissection imagined

Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)
Andreae Vesalii… De humani corporis fabrica libri septem
Basel: Ioanne Oporinus, 1555

This copy of the 1555 edition of Andreas Vesalius’s De fabrica was bequeathed to the University Library in 1591 by Thomas Lorkyn, Regius Professor of Physic, whose monogram is visible at the foot of the page. The frontispiece shows Vesalius’s anatomy theatre, the author at the centre of the image surrounded by figures of Galen, Hippocrates and Aristotle. The artwork of this frontispiece is discussed in further detail within the virtual exhibition Vivitur ingenio, marking 500 years since Vesalius’s birth.


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