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The arterial system of the human body. Engraving, 1568.

Becerra, Gaspar, 1520?-1568?

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In addition to the complete arterial system, there are subsidiary figures of the arteries in the area of the diaphragm and below it (fig. II) and the branches of the arteries as found in the chest

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 23.8 x 15.5 cm

Publications note

A. W. Meyer and S. K. Wirt, "The Amuscan illustrations," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 14, 1943, pp. 667-687

H. Cushing, A Bio-bibliography of Andreas Vesalius, 2nd ed., Hamden, Conn. and London 1962, pp. 145-148; 151-152

J. B. de C. M. Saunders and C. D. O'Malley, The illustrations from the works of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, Cleveland and New York 1950, pp. 136-137, pl. 45

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


Wellcome Library no. 26965i

Reproduction note

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). 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



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