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Vesalius and Venice 

Vesalius and Venice
Vesalius and Venice

Marco Catani

and Stefano Sandrone

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date: 07 May 2021

Vesalius performed most of the dissections in Padua but it is also likely that some dissections were performed in the city of Venice. Here, executions occurred more frequently than in Padua, where students notoriously complained about the scarcity of corpses to study. Venice was also a convenient location for the artists of the Fabrica. Titian’s workshop was located in the area of Fondamente Nove, not far from where the civil hospital of Saints Giovanni and Paolo stands. The hospital hosts St Mark’s School of Medicine, an old confraternity that was responsible for the anatomical dissections carried out by decree in Venice since 1368. Vesalius would have performed his anatomical dissections at this medical school with his team of artists only a couple of streets away.

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