Tag Archives: Adriaan Adriaanszoon

Rembrandt—The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

Tan Chen Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States   The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632 Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp depicts a rare occasion of a public dissection in Amsterdam in 1632. This painting was commissioned by the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons during the time Dr. Tulp […]

The body vanished: Sebald’s view of dissection in Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”

Jennifer Xu Gran Rapids, Michigan, USA   In the opening chapter of W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, we encounter a large painting of a body being cut open: Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, completed in 1632.1 Every January, Dr. Tulp gave anatomy lessons to the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons […]