Vesalius dissecting the muscles of the forearm of a cadaver, 1543.

Image number: 10308641

Vesalius dissecting the muscles of the forearm of a cadaver, 1543.

Woodcut by Steven van Calcar from Andreas Vesalius's greatest work 'De Humani Corporis Fabrica' ('On the Structure of the Human Body'), 1543, which, with its detailed descriptions and magnificent illustrations, set a new level of clarity and accuracy in the study of anatomy. It was an innovatory work which challenged traditional assumptions about the body dating back to the time of Galen. Vesalius (1514-1564) became professor of anatomy and surgery at Padua, Italy, at the age of 24. He carried out dissections himself, and was the first to describe and illustrate many anatomical structures. Vesalius later went on to become court physician to Emperor Charles V and his son Philip II of Spain.

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10308641
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 23:06
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Science Museum
 

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