Monday, July 15, 2013

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

For today's 407th birthday of Rembrandt (thanks, Google doodle), let's see The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, here in LEGO by McBricker. This painting was a commissioned work of a real event. Dissections of human cadavers were strictly controlled in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Once a year the Amsterdam guild of surgeons would host a dissection, directed by Dr. Tulp, the city anatomist. Doctors and medical students would pay to attend Dr. Tulp's lectures and demonstrations. The cadaver was that of an executed criminal. This painting depicts the dissection of Aris Kindt on January 16, 1632. The original is found either at the Mauritshuis in the Hague or the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam - it's listed on the websites of both museums. I'm assuming it moved from one to the other and one of the websites was not updated.

And for fun, here's another version by Patxidelpamil.

BTW, I'm adding a new tag 'parody' for this last image. I realize that some might say that any LEGO rendition of another work is a parody, but I'm meaning those LEGO versions meant for obvious humorous effect.

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