De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Kierstin C. Young - 24 x 19 inches Signed ani art academy academic realist american figurative
Kierstin C. Young
B. 1987

De Humani Corporis Fabrica

Charcoal and pastel on paper
24 x 19 inches

My drawing is based off of Andreas Vesalius, who was the first surgeon to work on human remains. In the 16th century the inner workings of the body were a mystery, and it was greatly frowned upon to cut open a human body. He took great risk in doing something so socially unacceptable, and in turn furthered the medical profession to become more scientific rather than superstitious. The bees hold two meanings. One refers to the superstitious beliefs about how the body worked and the outrageous medical practices, such as bloodletting and drinking of mercury that ensued. The other refers to Andreas Vesalius himself, who by initiating an unacceptable practice, was “kicking” the proverbial “hornets’ nest”.

The artist
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City