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The vascular and arterial system of the human brain (II), the pulmonary artery (III), the venal artery (IIII) and the portal system of veins (I). Engraving, 1568.

Becerra, Gaspar, 1520?-1568?

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 23.3 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. 132-133, pl 43; pp. 140-142, pl. 47

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

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Wellcome Library no. 27190i

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This plate is after the third plate of the sixth plate to the 1568 Anatomie, published by the Plantin press in Antwerp, which it reverses. The 1568 edition is 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 plates illustrating Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, published in Basel in 1543. This particular plate is taken from illustrations to the third book on pp. 262, 305, 311. 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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