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Art History and Visual Studies

Danielle Gravon

Fabrica of Printed Spaces in Renaissance Anatomy and Cartography

Danielle Gravon

My dissertation undertakes a comparative analysis of the shared body of words and printed visual techniques used by early modern cartographers and anatomists to show how they upheld and challenged the heritage of antiquity in light of discoveries that broke ancient paradigms.

It focuses on two sources widely considered the first of their genre: Gerhardus Mercator’s Atlas, sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura (1595) and the anatomical drawings of Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (1543).