The Anatomy Lesson

The Anatomy Lesson

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Set in one day in 1632, The Anatomy Lesson is a stunning portrayal of Golden Age Amsterdam and a brilliantly imagined back-story to Rembrandt's first great work of art. Told from several points of view, ranging from a curio dealer who collects bodies for the city's chief anatomist to philosopher Rene Descartes, the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection that is to be recorded by the twenty-six-year-old artist from Leiden who has yet to attach his famous signature to a painting. As the story builds to its dramatic and inevitable conclusion, the events that transpire throughout the day sway Rembrandt to make fundamental changes to his initial composition. These changes will remain mysteries for centuries until a young art historian closely examines the painting in the twenty-first century, and makes surprising discoveries about the painter, his process, and his genius for capturing enduring truths about human nature in a single moment.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780385538374
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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What's the story behind Rembrandt's masterpiece, "The Anatomy Lesson of Nicolaes Tulp"? Read this fictionalized account of all the players involved including the cadaver!

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Jun 27, 2014

Nina Siegal has put together a fascinating historical novel around Rembrandt's first major work, "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp". It gives a vivid description of early seventeenth century Amsterdam, and builds the story around six individuals. I was particularly struck by her portrayal of a dramatic change in Rembrandt's decision as to how he wanted to portray the subject body in the anatomy lesson. An excellent read.

May 27, 2014

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ChristchurchLib May 25, 2014

"In 1632 Amsterdam, a thief's execution produces a valuable commodity: a cadaver for use by the city's Guild of Surgeons to teach anatomy. As Dr. Nicolaes Tulp performs a public dissection in the presence of an enthralled audience, two observers find their lives forever changed by the experience: Rambrandt van Rijn, who will create a painting based on the event, and Rene Descartes, who seeks to understand the nature of the soul. This evocative novel brings the politics and culture of 17th-century Holland to life while examining the intricate connections between the inhabitants of a chaotic, bustling city." Historical Fiction May 2014 newsletter


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