Two male figures, seen from the front and back, with the cutaneous veins of the human body displayed. Engraving, 1568.
- Becerra, Gaspar, 1520?-1568?
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This plate, which shows the cutaneous veins and is accompanied by a lengthy explanatory table giving their names, was added according to Valverde particularly for the benefit of surgeons
1 print : engraving ; platemark 23.8 x 15.5 cm
A. W. Meyer and S. K. Wirt, "The Amuscan illustrations," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 14, 1943, p. 668
H. Cushing, A Bio-bibliography of Andreas Vesalius, 2nd ed., Hamden, Conn. and London 1962, pp. 145-148; 151-152
Max Rooses, Catalogue of the Plantin-Moretus Museum, 4th English ed. completed by M. Sabbe, Antwerp 1924, p. 134, no. 98 and n. 1
L. Voet, The golden compasses, Amsterdam 1969-1972, 2 vols, ii, passim
A. Hahn and P. Dumaitre, Histoire de la médecine et du livre médicale, Paris 1962, p. 136, fig. 78
Wellcome Library no. 27193i
This plate is probably a modern strike from the original copper engraved plate used for the 1568 Anatomie, published by the Plantin press in Antwerp, a Dutch translation of the Vivae imagines partium corporis humani published by the same press in 1566. The plates and their explanations for this edition were taken from Juan de Valverde's Anatomia del corpo humano (Rome and Venice 1559) and the text from Vesalius's Epitome (Basel 1543). Valverde's Anatomia, first published in Rome in Spanish in 1556 as Historia de la composicion del cuerpo humano, with plates engraved by Nicolo Beatrizet, was in turn based on the plates illustrating Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, published in Basel in 1543. Several of Valverde's plates, attributed to Gaspar Becerra, a Spanish artist working in Rome, show variations on those of Vesalius's and are not strict copies (see Meyer and Wirt 1945). In addition, there were a few entirely new plates published by Valverde and the first plate to book six, the two vein men, is one of these. The plates of the 1568 Dutch edition of the Plantin Anatomie are distinguished by the appearance of the plate and book number on the plate, boxed off. These were adapted from the 1566 plates, seven of which plus the title page, survive in the collection of the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp (Rooses 1924, p. 134, no. 98). The plates were engraved by Pieter and Frans Huys