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May 28, 1997

The Panorama of Vesalius: A 'Lost' Design From Titian's Studio

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Ga


by G. S. Terence Cavanagh, limited edition, 9x16 in portfolio includes 14 sepiaprinted plates on heavy Folio Antique paper, and one 20-pp pamphlet, $275, ISBN 0-937543-54-3, The Sacrum Press/Emeritus Books (145 Woodhaven Ridge, Athens, GA 30606; 706-546-0378), 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(20):1649-1651. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540440083040

... few disciplines are more surely based on the work of one man than is Anatomy on Vesalius.1

Andreas Vesalius of Brussels is acclaimed for three towering publications: Tabulae anatomicae sex of 1538, De humani corporis fabrica libri septum of 1543 and 1555, and the Epitome of 1543. With the brashness of Icarus, yet borne aloft on wings of genius, he penned the preface to the Fabrica: "I am aware that by reason of my age—I am at present twenty-eight years old—my efforts will have little authority, and that, because of my frequent indication of the falsity of Galen's teachings, they will find little shelter from the attacks of those who were not present at my anatomical demonstrations."

Cavanagh's full folio size recreation of the original artwork of the 14 Vesalian

From The Panorama of Vesalius, plates I-XIV. muscle men of the second book of the Fabrica is not only