Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), was a Belgian borne physician/surgeon and anatomist. He is also known as the father of anatomy.
He revolutionized the study and story of human anatomy and the practice of medicine, and made his discoveries readable and explained in a very educationist way.
He accomplished that feat in virtue of the results of his dissections of human cadavers never previously performed. He also described his work with an extraordinarily meticulous systematic detail and extensive documentation often with translations in other languages so that scholars all around the world could follow and understand his work.
His very precise descriptions and accompanying illustrations, often performed by artists of importance such as perhaps Tizian himself or one member of his studio, and Jan Steven van Calcar have had tremendous importance for our way of understanding the human body, not in the least for painters and artists.
De humani corporis fabrica - the masterpiece
In 1543 Vesalius published Fabrica, a masterpiece to the brim full of observations and illustrations of human dissections that not only laid
the foundation for a realistic human anatomy but also demonstrated numerous errors in the anatomical assertions of his predessesors, who based their understanding of the human body on assumptions made
from the dissection of animals. He also discovered that every human has an equal amount of ribs, by simply counting them.
Thus contraditing the idea that woman was made out of a rib from the man.
He was often in turmoil with the church and various professors about
Findings rather than theories, which summons up what his
work was about. See and learn.
The Vesalius Project
On commisssion of the Culture administration in Uppsala, Sweden.
On the Annual night of Culture, eight artists will dispaly one artpiece each in Odinslund, Uppsala on commisssion of the Culture administration. The artworks will be photographed, and the very same pictures will be shown on big, bright lightboards during the long autumn in Sweden. The original pieces will be displayed at various places such as Gustavianum and in Uppsala cathedral.
As an artist, it is a great honour to be selected to interpret the works of Vesalius and what it brings into our world today. What can I learn and what have I already learned from this man? In what fashion can I use his work to comment on our lives today? I can already conclude that what we see is not always what we view.
Our point of view.
I´m already affected.
Our journey together has begun.
For more info and glorious pictures of Andreas Vesalius, follow links below.
"BEING MEASURED, WEIGHED AND FOUND WANTING".
In The museum of medicinal history in Uppsala, Sweden.