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.
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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)
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