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THE VESALIUS CENSUS
The Politics of Reading in Early (and not so Early) Modern Europe.
This talk traces the reception history of Andreas Vesalius´De humani corporis fabrica, the first illustrated atlas of anatomy. It relies on the recently completed census of the Fabrica, which has documented the surviving copies of the 1543 and 1555 editions of the work. It shows how political and economic considerations have shaped how copies of this impressive and expensive volume traveled within Europe and beyond in the past five hundred years, and how readers responded to the text and the illustrations. I argue that, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Fabrica served as a political tool for understanding and regulating gender relations. An analysis of the annotations reveals that the Fabrica was read for what it said about sexual difference and the secrets of generation.
DANIEL MARGÓCSY, University Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.
ONSDAGEN 6 DECEMBER 2017 KL. 18.00
HAGSTRÖMERBIBLIOTEKET HAGA TINGSHUS
Buss 57 (Sveavägen), Buss 515 (Odenplan) Hållplats Haga Södra
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