16th Century Andreas Vesalius Anatomical Print on Acrylic For Sale
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16th Century Andreas Vesalius Anatomical Print on Acrylic


These antique anatomical prints from Andreas Vesalius along with antique pages of text from a medical text entitled Anatomes totius were originally printed in 1569. Both age and use have contributed to the beauty of these antique pages. The worm holes and discoloration only add to their beauty. Some of the illustrations have hand-written notations, likely by the original owner, giving each page life of its own, having been studied and referenced by human hands. We have mounted pages of text along with individual prints of the illustrations on acrylic, so that each page will float above the wall, allowing the page itself to remain the focus. This particular panel shows views of a partial skeletal system from the back, in a kneeling position. This print also has handwritten notes. Just one like this available. Each beveled panel measures 20.75" H x 13.5" W and floats approximately 1 inch from the wall on a hidden acrylic cleat hanger (shown). The frames are exactly alike, but each illustration page or text page is unique. (Please see separate listings for text pages). One of the images in this listing shows how we've installed a grouping of 20 panels, some text and some illustrations, on a wall in our gallery. About these works:: Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564), born Andries van Wesel, was an accomplished 16th Century Flemish Physician and Anatomist. He received his medical doctorate in 1537 from the University of Padua, but he also studied art at Leuven prior to obtaining his medical degree. Soon after publication of his first anatomical illustrations in 1539, Vesalius was invited to become imperial physician to the court of Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. In 1564, Vesalius went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, some said, after being accused of dissecting a living body. He died after being shipwrecked on the island of Zakynthos, largest of the Ionian Islands of Greece. Vesalius was 28 years old when the first edition of Fabrica was published in 1543. It was considered a monumental advance in the history of anatomy over the long-dominant work of Galen. These text and illustration pages are part of a work titled Anatomes totius printed in Paris in 1569, written by Jacques Grévin and published by Andre Wechelus (also Wechel), which included Vesalius’ illustrations. These illustrations were printed using engraved plates made by Thomas Geminus, an engraver working in London during the late 1540s and 1550s, believed to have been brought to Paris from London by French writer, Jacques Grévin after Geminus was executed. Wechelus himself fled Paris in 1572, not long after narrowly escaping the St. Bartholemew’s Day Massacre, thanks to his tenant, Hubert Languet, a representative of Augustus, Elector of Saxony.


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  • Condition Details
    The acrylic frame is new. The paper print itself is 16th Century and the wear can be seen in the images. There are various wormholes and discoloration, as seen in the included images.
  • Wear
    Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 20.75 in. x W 13.5 in. x D 1 in.

    H 52.71 cm x W 34.29 cm x D 2.54 cm

  • Seller location
    Houston, TX
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