Tag Archives: Rembrandt

Evidence of a skull trepanning

Alexandru Gh. Sonoc Sibiu, Romania   Unknown man with a white feather Christopher Paudiss (1618-1666) Oil on fire wood panel Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania The man shown here wears a blue velvet hat with a white feather and a brown-reddish cloak. Around his neck he has a brocade scarf in red, ocher, and blue. […]

Art and Medicine

JMS Pearce East Yorks, England   Art has been said to deepen compassion for suffering.1 Paintings have been interpreted as “metaphors for human feelings . . . they are nonliteral symbols of the inner life.”2 Paintings trigger emotions and insights, “generating associations and tapping new, different, or deeper levels of meaning.”3 It is inherent in all […]

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 […]

Surgeon’s hands in Vesalius’s portraits and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp

Adéla Janíčková Prague, Czech Republic   Fig 1: Anon, Frontispiece, 1543. From Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, 1543 “To extol the human hand as a monument to God’s wisdom, an instrument that permits humans to create civilization” This statement by Dolores Mitchell1 describes the human hand as both a monument to divinity and […]