Tuesday, July 23, 2013

                                              The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was painted by Rembrandt Van Rijn. In this painting you see Dr. Tulp demonstrating the flexors of the forearm to an audience of seven surgeons from the guild.The corpse is that of the criminal Aris Kindt, who was convicted for armed robbery and sentenced to death by hanging. He was strangled earlier on the same day of the scene.The face of the corpse is partially shaded,a suggestion of umbra mortis, a technique that Rembrandt was to use frequently. In the bottom right corner is a large open book normally identified as a copy of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica from 1543. The moral that the artist was trying to hit is that which is stated anytime new technology or a new innovation that seems to make life "easier" for society. As you can see the students aren't looking at the body but rather a book that's telling them how to do exactly what they're doing. Through this painting he was basically saying that books are going to make society lazy because rather than o hings themselves they'll just read a book that tells them how to do it.



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