Andreas Vesalius

Biography By Melissa Gallagher

Early Life

Andreas Vesalius was born in Brussels, Belgium on the thirty first of December, in the year 1514. He continued to live in Brussels, but traveled to many different universities to expand his knowledge of science. He attended the University of Louvain and the University of Paris. He eventually ended up living with the royalty near the end of his life.

Andreas and His Career

Since he was a young child, Andreas had always been fascinated with dead animals. After his schooling, he did not have any known patrons. He became a military surgeon and then later became a professor at the University of Pauda. Here, he would dissect the corpses of dead human bodies during his lectures. By doing this, he gained more knowledge about the human anatomy and started to create anatomical charts, and later controversial books. Because of his books being so controversial, he later became a court physician to multiple kings.

Classicism and Idealism

Andreas' work can be described under classicism and idealism. In his books, he relates back to the Roman and Greek Physicians while he created his theories. This is classicism. In the drawings that his artists drew him, they were very simple but had a lot of detail. This is idealism. In this picture to the right, this drawing could even portray perspectivism because of the single vanishing point with the arches in the bottom left hand corner.

His Books and Teachings

Andreas published two well known books during the Renaissance time period; "De Humani Corporis Fabrica", more commonly known as "The Fabrica, and "Epitome." These two books described the human body and the way it works. Until this point, people believed in the teachings of the Greek Physician, Galen. Galen believed that a man has fewer ribs then women, and that your heart controls your feelings. After the books were published, people were outraged that Andreas had challenged what they had known for so many years. Like our modern theory, Andreas found out that men and women have the same number of ribs and that your brain and nervous system control your emotions.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica

De Humani Corporis Fabric by Andreas Vesalius was published in 1543. This book can be found around the world. The most famous novel by Andreas, has detailed descriptions and diagrams of the human body. Much of our modern anatomy knowledge comes from this book and those that follow. Andreas hired artists to draw the detailed diagrams that showed almost every muscle and bone in the human body. Classicism is tied to this piece because Andreas went back to the teachings of the Greeks and Romans as he created his books. I find this piece very interesting because it is fascinating how someone from 500 years ago influenced our scientific theories so much. If it was not for Andreas or any other physician that aided him, then our society would not be as medically advanced as we are.

Works Cited

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Images:


Anatomic drawing from 'De humani corporis fabrica libri septem' (On the fabric of the human

body in seven books) by Andreas Vesalius, 1543. Photopgraphy. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Dec 2015.

Anatomic drawing from 'De humani corporis fabrica libri septem' (On the fabric of the human body in seven books) by Andreas Vesalius, 1543. Photopgraphy. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Dec 2015.
Andreas Vesalius / Woodcut / J.v.Calcar. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Dec 2015.

Andreas Versalius. Google Images. 1 December 2015.