Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Dutch painting

  • Bidloo and Ruysch: Anatomy and art in the 17th century Netherlands

    Elisabeth BranderSt. Louis, Missouri, United States Of the many distinguished anatomists who worked in the Netherlands during the European Enlightenment, Frederick Ruysch and Govard Bidloo were the two most remarkable. They were contemporaries and aware of each other’s work,1 but at first glance their aesthetic approaches to anatomy seem wildly different. Bidloo (1638-1731) produced an…