Fabrica Vitae Website Launch | Thursday 27 February, 2014 7pm

Fabrica Vitae Website Launch

Thursday 27 February,7pm

Fabrica Vitae, a touring exhibition about the fabric of life inspired by Andreas Vesalius 1514-1564. We are launching the Fabrica Vitae website at GV Art gallery on Thursday 27 February from 7pm.

RSVP: info@gvart.co.uk

See www.fabrica-vitae.com

Fabrica Vitae is an international touring exhibition, starting in June 2014 in Zakynthos, Greece, other confirmed venues are in Antwerp and Ghent , Belgium, London (GV Art and The Royal College of Art ) Berlin( Charitee Museum) and Riga ( Stradins museum) and as we gain momentum and funding a few other venues .This exhibition is about the fabric of life inspired by Andreas Vesalius 1514-1564.

The intention of the touring exhibition is to question what we consider the role of Art and Anatomy to be in this modern world. The work reflects how contemporary artists, scientists and thinkers perceive the human body and how the future of anatomical research is seen to be unfolding. Vesalius would be at the forefront of this exploration, if he were alive today, and the exhibition wishes to evoke his spirit in pushing the barriers of thought as wide open as he would undoubtedly insist.


Eleanor Crook will talk about the Van Kalkar woodcuts and how the dissected subject is shown as alive, and how influential that has been on anatomical display up to the present. Eleanor will also be give a little demonstration of anatomical wood engraving!

On Display

Andreas Vesalius, The Fabric of the Human Body. An Annotated Translation of the 1543 and 1555 Editionsof “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” by

Daniel H. Garrison

Malcolm H. Hast

With contributions by Vivian Nutton and Nancy Siraisi

Published by KARGER Medical & Scientific Publishers www.vesalius-fabrica.com

For the first time ever, both editions (1543 and 1555) of Andreas Vesalius’ masterpiece “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” are accessible in the English language. They were critically compared and published in a modern layout transforming the Renaissance anatomical atlas for the 21st-century reader.

With his woodcut illustrations, Vesalius set new standards in creating a dialogue between the written and the visual. To enable the reader to really study Vesalius’ woodcut illustrations, the images were digitally enhanced and often enlarged.

The evening is also an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about Andreas Vesalius whilst networking with the GV Art & Science community.

Martin Beney