Artatomical: 'De humani corporis fabrica'


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One can hardly discuss the space where anatomy meets art without discussing Andrea Vesalius, the 16th century famed anatomist, physician, artist and author of De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), one of the most influential anatomy texts of all time.

As we'll explore in the gallery below, his work often occupied that beautiful, morbid space between scientific analysis and artist interpretation. Let's explore in this gallery: Artatomical: 'De humani corporis fabrica.'


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.