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The Lady AnatomistThe Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini$
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Rebecca Messbarger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520810

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520841.001.0001

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The Lady Anatomist

The Lady Anatomist

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The Lady Anatomist
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Anna Morandi was the Lady Anatomist, a spectacular paradox manifested by the distance between her flamboyant form and punctilious function, whose self-portrait closely followed the Vesalian iconographic model through its integration of the academic, didactic, and practical functions of the anatomist. Vesalius's manual exploration of his female subject's abdominal cavity had been supplanted by the Lady Anatomist's dissection. Morandi solidified her position as Bologna's Lady Anatomist by means of her proven competence in the science. Her right to claim throughout her scientific notebook the title of Anatomica originated in her proficiency in modern methods and theories of anatomy.

Keywords:   Anna Morandi, Andreas Vesalius, Fabrica, Lady Anatomist, abdominal cavity, Bologna, anatomy

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