Vesalius will get under your skin in Leuven this autumn

Vesalius will get under your skin in Leuven this autumn

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Andreas Vesalius, 500 years old but still alive and kicking. From 1 October 2014 until 18 January 2015, he will get under your skin in Leuven. The city is showcasing the world-famous anatomist and alumnus of the university in exhibitions, music, dance, theatre, lectures, and city walks.

The beating heart of the citywide project is the exhibition Vesalius. Imagining the Body at M - Museum Leuven, which focuses on the human body as a subject of art and science.

Frontispice of: Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, Basel, 1543 © KU Leuven, University Library, inv. CaaC17 – Bruno Vandermeulen
Portrait of Andreas Vesalius in: Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, Basel, 1543 © KU Leuven, University Library, inv. CaaC17 – Bruno Vandermeulen
Hanging corps in: Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, Basel, 1543 © KU Leuven, University Library, inv. CaaC17 – Bruno Vandermeulen
Muscle man in: Andreas Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, Basel, 1543 © KU Leuven, University Library, inv. CaaC17 – Bruno Vandermeulen
Man in: Jacques-Fabian Gautier d’Agoty, Myologie complette en couleur et grandeur naturelle, composée de l’essai et de la suite de l’essai d’anatomie en tableaux imprimés. A Paris, chez le sieur Gautier, seul graveur privilégié du Roy, ruë Saint Honoré, au coin de la rue Saint Nicaise […], 1746 © Royal Library of Belgium, inv. II 16.779 E 1.
Woman in: Jacques-Fabian Gautier d’Agoty, Myologie complette en couleur et grandeur naturelle, composée de l’essai et de la suite de l’essai d’anatomie en tableaux imprimés. A Paris, chez le sieur Gautier, seul graveur privilégié du Roy, ruë Saint Honoré, au coin de la rue Saint Nicaise […], 1746 © Royal Library of Belgium, inv. II 16.779 E 1.
Jan Wandelaar, Preparatory drawing of a skeleton for Albinus, Tabulae sceleti et musculorum [Cat. 34], black chalk and grey wash, on paper, 1726 © University Library, Leyden, inv. BPL 1914 III.
Jan Wandelaar, Preparatory drawing of a skeleton for Albinus, Tabulae sceleti et musculorum [Cat. 34], black chalk and grey wash, on paper, 1726 © University Library, Leyden, inv. BPL 1914 III.
William Pink after Agostini Carlini, Smugglerius, plaster, 1834 © Royal Academy of Arts, London, inv. 03/1436.
Andreas Vesalius, [Jobst de Necker], De Tabulae Anatomicae : Ein gar künstlichs allen Leyb und Wundaertzen auch andrer Künsten Lieb habern hochnützlichs Werck in sechs Figur gebracht mit Inhalt aller Blutschlag und Flachsadern, sampt der Gehaynen des gantzen Leybs, und wie ein yedes seinem Ursprung empfahe und also eins aus dem andern volge, dem andern Hilff oder Nachteyle bringe, gar fleyssig un artlich beschriben un anzeygt, ca. 1540 © Royal Library of Belgium, inv. Imp II 42.417 C Est.
Clemente Susini, Innervation of the face, 1798. © Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris - Direction des bibliothèques et de la documentation.
Auguste Rodin, The Bronze Age, Brons, 1876 © Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Anatomical theater, Joannes Blaeu, Toonneel der steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, Amsterdam, 1649 © Royal Library of Belgium, inv. III 94.530 E 1
Jan Wandelaar, Preparatory drawing of a skeleton for Albinus, Tabulae sceleti et musculorum [Cat. 34], black chalk and grey wash, on paper, 1726 © University Library, Leyden, inv. BPL 1914 III.
Franz Tschackert, Transparant man, 1930 © Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, inv. Volker Kreidler 1962.