Early Modern Art and Science: Simulation of Dissections in the 16th Century Fugitive Sheets


  • Angelina Milosavljević Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia




Early modern art and anatomy; simulation of anatomical dissections; graphic prints; fugitive sheets; Andrea Vesalius; Johann Remmelin.


During the 15th century the study of anatomy became a part of art education. With the rise of anatomy as a branch of medicine, artists began to play an important role in the process of anatomical research, creating graphic representations that served as powerful transmitters of knowledge. Among these, the most exquisite were anatomical fugitive sheets, the volumetric, three-dimensional representations of human anatomy. The layering, overlapping, of human organs, enabling one to manipulate them according to need, serves as simulation of the strategies of opening of human body during anatomical dissections. The artists-illustrators of these processes introduced new didactic interactive methods into acquisition and transfer of knowledge. In close cooperation with scientists, they found ways to translate information into recognizable and accessible models, endowing them with cognitive structure, as in anatomical atlases by Andrea Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica (1543), and Johann Remmelin, Catoptri Microcosmici (1609).

Author Biography

Angelina Milosavljević, Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia

Angelina Milosavljević is an Associate Professor of History and Theory of Art at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade. She teaches early modern and modern art and theory. Her main research areas are early modern art and theory, and museum studies. Her most recent work focuses on the problem of understanding the formation of the 16th century visual and cultural patterns and their bearings on 20th century art and theory, as well as transdisciplinarity in early modern art and science. Prof. Milosavljević publishes and presents her works at international conferences. She is an active member of the international professional and academic associations RSA (Renaissance Society of America) and ICOM (International Council of Museums).


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How to Cite

Milosavljević, A. (2023). Early Modern Art and Science: Simulation of Dissections in the 16th Century Fugitive Sheets. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (32), 17–28. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i28.578