The steampunk anatomy image is influenced by the anatomical engravings in ‘De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body’) published in 1543 by the Belgium anatomist, physician, and author Andreas Vesalius, (31 December 1514–October 1564). Cited as the founder of modern human anatomy Vesalius became Imperial physician at the court of Emperor Charles V during the height of the Renaissance period. A period of greater insight into areas of science, and art, the Renaisance propelled Vesalius’ work into a new age of scientific observation of the world. The Renaisance would eventually lead to the materialist philosophy of the 18th century Enlightenment; culminating into beliefs of humans as mere complex mechanized animals as expounded by the French physician and philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie (November 23, 1709 – November 11, 1751). The image is handcolored.
Anatomical Steam Punk Man. ‘De humani corporis fabrica’. 1543
Recreation of titlepage with original illustrations. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"