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Two female figures standing on either side of drapery bearing the title of Vesling's Syntagma anatomicum: beyond, the anatomy theatre of the University of Padua. Engraving by Giovanni Georgi, 1647.

  • Georgi, Giovanni, active 1617-1656.
Date
1647
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25026i
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First published in 1641, the second enlarged edition of Vesling's Syntagma anatomicum to which illustrations were added, engraved by the same artist responsible for the title page, G. Georgi, appeared in 1647. This title page is from the reset variant of the 1647 edition and it has been re-engraved with minor changes. In the background a dissection is about to take place in a crowded anatomy theatre, which may be identified as the one in the University of Padua, where Vesling was a professor of anatomy and surgery, and it is likely that the figure with a short pointed beard conducting the dissection is Vesling himself. Vesling was also a botanist and was responsible for renovating the botanical garden at Padua. The two female figures on either side of the cloth that bears the title of the work hold attributes which suggest an identification of them as practical and theoretical anatomy (Wolf-Heidegger and Cetto 1967, no. 155, p. 240)

Publication/Creation

Patavii [Padua] : Typis Pauli Frambotti Bibliopolæ, 1647.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 19.9 x 14.4 cm

Lettering

Ioannis Veslingii Mindani, Syntagma anatomicum ; Jo. Georgius sculp.

References note

L. Choulant, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, tr. and ed. M. Frank, New York 1945, p. 243
T. Quirico and V. Lindon, eds, Les siècles d'or de la médecine. Padoue XVe-XVIIIe siècles, exh. cat., Paris, Jardin des plantes, 1989, pp. 138-139
G. Wolf-Heidegger and A. M. Cettto, Die anatomische Sektion in bildlicher Darstellung, Basel and New York 1967, no. 155, pp. 240-241

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Wellcome Library no. 25026i

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