TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Portrait of Andreas Vesalius

c. 1545
Oil on canvas, 130 x 98 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Andreas Vesalius was a Flemish anatomist, physician, and author of one of the book on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). In this portrait, painted by the workshop of Titian, the radical anatomist and lecturer probably holds his own book, published in 1543 and illustrated by a student of Titian.