Giulio Casserio’s anatomical atlas

Anna Lantz
Hagströmer Library – Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden (Fall 2016)

 

Giulio Casserio (c. 1552–1616) was an Italian anatomist active in Padua around the year 1600. He published several anatomical works, the finest being the Tabulae anatomicae LXXIIXX. This remained unknown until the German doctor Daniel Rindfleisch (aka Bucretius) had it printed posthumously in 1627 along with his own annotations. The beautiful illustrations were drawn by Odoardo Fialetti, a student of Tintoretto, and engraved by Francesco Valesio. For this edition from 1632 the pictures were re-engraved in a smaller format.

 

Title page from Tabulae anatomicae LXXIIXX.

Frankfurt, Matthäus Merian, 1632. The Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library.

Muscle manikins from Tabulae anatomicae LXXIIXX.

Frankfurt, Matthäus Merian, 1632. The Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library.

 

References

Choulant, Ludwig. History and bibliography of anatomic illustration in its relation to anatomic science and the graphic arts (Chicago, 1920).
Roberts, K. B. and Tomlinson, J. D., The Fabric of the body: European traditions of anatomical illustration (Oxford, 1992).

 


 

ANNA LANTZ, BA in art history, is Assistant Curator at the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library in Stockholm.

 

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