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The Anatomy Lesson

A Novel
Siegal, Nina (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Set in seventeenth-century Holland, this historical novel imagines the complex story behind one of Rembrandt's most famous paintings. Commissioned by a prominent Amsterdam medical guild, The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was one of Rembrandt's first paintings to gain public notice; the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection, and, as they prepare for that evening's big event, follows several characters, including Rembrandt himself.
Authors: Siegal, Nina, 1969-
Title: The anatomy lesson
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: x, 271 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Set in seventeenth-century Holland, this historical novel imagines the complex story behind one of Rembrandt's most famous paintings. Commissioned by a prominent Amsterdam medical guild, The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was one of Rembrandt's first paintings to gain public notice; the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection, and, as they prepare for that evening's big event, follows several characters, including Rembrandt himself.
ISBN: 0385538367
9780385538367
Statement of Responsibility: Nina Siegal
Subject Headings: FICTION / Medical. bisacsh FICTION / Historical. bisacsh FICTION / Literary. bisacsh Amsterdam (Netherlands) Social conditions 17th century Fiction Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669 Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Medical novels
Topical Term: FICTION Medical
FICTION Historical
FICTION Literary
LCCN: 2013034642
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Jun 27, 2014
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nina Siegal has put together a fascinating historical novel around Rembrandt's first major work, "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp". It gives a vivid description of early seventeenth century Amsterdam, and builds the story around six individuals. I was particularly struck by her portrayal of a dramatic change in Rembrandt's decision as to how he wanted to portray the subject body in the anatomy lesson. An excellent read.

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"In 1632 Amsterdam, a thief's execution produces a valuable commodity: a cadaver for use by the city's Guild of Surgeons to teach anatomy. As Dr. Nicolaes Tulp performs a public dissection in the presence of an enthralled audience, two observers find their lives forever changed by the experience: Rambrandt van Rijn, who will create a painting based on the event, and Rene Descartes, who seeks to understand the nature of the soul. This evocative novel brings the politics and culture of 17th-century Holland to life while examining the intricate connections between the inhabitants of a chaotic, bustling city." Historical Fiction May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e50d3b6d-378e-4915-9d8d-81d97c403015?postId=c0b70f16-386e-48a4-b591-361bd05d1065

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