Andreas Vesalius was both honoured and reviled in his time, as he challenged the status quo of science and many prevailing dogmas.
His influence on the fields of medicine and anatomy has been profound. In these pages, you will learn more about the factors that shaped Vesalius’ train of thought and the anatomical revolution of which he was a driving force.
Andreas Vesalius 1514-1564: the only authorized portrait
The Flemish physician Vesalius (1514–1564) was a highly skilled dissector who insisted on analysing human corpses rather than animal cadavers.
Vesalius vehemently refuted his teachers’ old methods, garnering enemies and searing criticism, but he did not give up on his quest.
He is best known for creating perhaps the world’s most influential book of anatomy, the De humani corporis fabrica, at the young age of 28.
Read on to learn more about this revolutionary genius.
The legacy of Vesalius’ comprehensive anatomical works would linger even into the next millennium.
His writings combined intricate detail with exquisite illustrations and he also took masterful advantage of the era’s new technologies in publishing.
These pages aim to help you better understand Vesalius’ background and how his work influenced the changing face of science.
UK photographer Tim Booth believes the hands tell a more honest story about what a person has been through than faces.In an extensive photographic study, Booth has turned images of people’s hands into an alternative form of portraiture.
“When you look at just the hands, your mind is free from pre-conceptions and is able to imagine the whole life of the person, their completeness, rather than just the aesthetic of a face,” he told the ABC.
Douglas Mcdougall is a geographer of the human face and psyche.
Charcoal-driven perceived notions bound to phrenological psychoanalytical surrealism is the method in which he records the life into his chosen subjects.
In his most recent series ‘A New God’, Theo (the bearded one) plays the Devil’s advocate out to confront new age society’s ails.
Like the anthropomorphic being Golem (from Jewish folklore), or modern day Frankenstein, he is mobilised, pushed out into the forum to confront the only God in man that can lead us through the ever perpetuating paradigm of life.
Inside and outside of who we are, what we achieve and what we do to one another as a the primary species.
The mark of man’s ‘ego’ has always set the terms, ploughed the patterns of education, construction of life and contradictory deconstruction within the human evolutionary pathways.
Is it not wisdom, imagination and willpower that is the only true God, and everything else is just that; everything else…
You are your new God.
‘by carving into the paper in a particular way, one can feel the power and the magic and the luck. The face is a mirror of the soul – for better or worse. Portraiture is my way of understanding and encapsulating the ongoing museum of human experience, to show who we really are, body and spirit’.
Douglas Mc Dougall learned how to draw as a child to pass the time while going in and out of hospitals with a blood disease. He spent countless hours in hospital wards trying to draw his surroundings, and the experience fueled his passion for art.
In his younger years, the 50-year-old artist used to do a lot of pen and ink illustration work during the night, after coming home from his day job, but eventually settled on charcoal as his medium of choice. He is currently based in Scotland.