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Johannes Vesling, seated below a swag of surgical instruments, indicates illustrations of the heart in a book displayed by a skeletal corpse. Engraving 1666.

  • Vesling, Johann, 1598-1649.
Date
1666
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25042i
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In this title page to the Amsterdam 1666 edition of Johannes Vesling's Syntagma anatomicum, with commentary by Gerardus Blasius, Vesling is seated next to a table covered with a cloth, decorated with two crossed bones, which bears the title of the book. He is identified by his name which appears above his hat and by the cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. He is depicted wearing the same cross on a chain in his engraved portrait in the Padua 1647 edition of the Syntagma anatomicum, which is the second enlarged edition with added plates by G. Giorgio (see Garosi 1963, tav cxxxiii for Vesling's portrait and this catalogue no. 25026i for the title page to the 1647 edition). Vesling indicates to four gentlemen illustrations of the heart in a book displayed by a draped skeletal corpse. Only two details of these illustrations correspond with Vesling's plate on the heart (Tab. 1, Cap. X). Suspended from two pilasters is a swag made up of surgical instruments. Through an arch topped with two angels holding a cartouche with a skull crowned with laurel leaves one sees a view of buildings

Publication/Creation

Amstelodami [Amsterdam] (â Waesberge et Elizæum Weyerstraet) : Apud Joannem Jansonium, 1666.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 19.9 x 15.1 cm

Lettering

Ioannis Veslingii Mindani Syntagma anatomicum cum commentariis. Exhibente Gerardo Blasio. Medicinæ doctore, et professore. ; I. Vesling

References note

J. Choulant, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, tr. and ed. M. Frank, New York 1945, p. 243
A. Garosi, Inter artium et medicinae doctores, Florence 1963, tav. cxxxiii

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 25042i

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