Tag Archives: Nicolaes Tulp

The Dutch anatomy lessons

JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Fig 1. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp. 1632. Rembrandt van Rijn. Mauritshuis. The Hellenistic anatomist Herophilus (c. 330- c. 260 BC) and the physiologist Erasistratus (c. 325– c. 250 BC) were granted limited permission to dissect executed criminals with consent of the first Ptolemaic Pharaohs. This practice, […]

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 […]

Leonardo and the reinvention of anatomy

Salvatore Mangione Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   When Vesalius started his life journey five hundred years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci’s own journey into the human body was symbolically coming to an end. Denounced by a German collaborator for necromancy, he would eventually be barred by the Church from even entering the Ospedale di Santo Spirito under […]