Flesh & Bone: Illustrations of anatomy

Exhibition: From 22 May to 18 August 2023, Main Library Level 2, 3, 4 and 5

To complement the exhibition More-than-Human Wellbeing in the Level 5 Exhibition space, this rare book display features anatomical illustrations from the 15th to 18th centuries. These illustrations, made from direct observation, depict the medical learnings of leading physicians, surgeons and scholars of the time, including Italian physician Jacopo Berengario da Carpi (c.1460 - c.1530), Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) who is known as the founder of human anatomy, and British surgeons William Cheselden (1688 - 1752) and Henry Gray (1827 - 1861). The plates portray the internal skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular human body systems.

Highlights include:

  • A reprint of William Cheselden's large-format osteological atlas Osteographia, or, The anatomy of bones (1733), which renders every bone in the human body with precision and accuracy.
  • Plates printed by Yale Medical Library of Andreas Vesalius's seminal book De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1543) depicting muscular bodies with their skin removed.
  • The 9th edition of Henry Gray's Anatomy : descriptive and surgical (1880). The current edition is titled Gray's Anatomy, also the name of a popular long-running television drama.


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