The human body

Here are gathered images taken from the antique books of the Library representing the human body from birth (the De formato foetu by Hieronymus Fabricius) to death (The head of a corpse by Giuseppe Moricci, Florentine painter of the Renaissance).

Of great importance are the title page of the work by the Flemish physician Andreas Vesalius depicting the dissection of a woman's body; the study of human proportions of the painter Albrecht Dürer and the magnificent figures contained in the work of the anatomist Giovanni Paolo Mascagni.

Here one can find a testimony of the main sources of the progress in the study of anatomy over the centuries, at the same time demonstrating how art was at the service of science and vice versa. The results offered by such a combination still impress the audience and find followers even in today's anatomy manuals.