Coming Attraction: Art and Anatomy Exhibit at CU Boulder

Nine items from the Strauss Health Sciences Library’s Rare Materials Collection will be exhibited at the CU Art Museum in Boulder. The books, published between 1555 and 1867, will supplement materials from the museum’s collections the collections of Norlin Library in an exhibit examining the roles of art and anatomy in the development of medical science, The Art That Made Medicine.

The items on loan include the first two great anatomy texts, the second edition of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1555) and Govard Bidloo’s, Anatomia Humani Corporis (1685), which are arguably the most beautiful items in the library’ collection. Hermann Boerhaave’s Opera Omnia Anatomica et Chirurgica (1725) is based on Vesalius’ works, and features copperplate reproductions of Vesalius’ woodcut illustrations. Charles Bell’s A System of Dissections (1798-1803) and John Bell’s Engravings of the Bones, Muscles, and Joints (1804) are notable because the Bells, both surgeons, not only did the dissections, but drew the images and engraved the plates themselves. Also included is the second American edition of Henry Gray’s Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1867), which is still in print in its forty-second edition, and works by American surgeons Samuel Gross and Joseph Pancoast, and British surgeon John Shaw.

Originally slated to open in February 2021, The Art That Made Medicine is now scheduled to run from September 13, 2021 through April 29, 2022.

Unfortunately, rare materials are not currently available. Rare materials will be available for use by individuals or groups by appointment when the library resumes normal operation.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]