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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 […]