Lecture - Representing the Body: Leonardo da Vinci, Andreas Vesalius and the History of Anatomical IllustrationApril 17, 2018 at 7:308:30 p.m.

Time: April 17, 2018 at 7:308:30 p.m.

Representing the Body: Leonardo da Vinci, Andreas Vesalius and the History of Anatomical Illustration

For centuries people have been studying the human body. A review of the historical to modern illustrations of the body provide great insight into the changing understanding of the human form. Rydell Professor Dr. Helen King will provide remarks and lead the discussion.
Bring your sketch pad if you like to draw, as you may be inspired.

Helen King, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at the Open University in England. She is a leading expert on ancient medicine and its influence throughout the Renaissance and the early modern period. She is the author of five books and dozens of articles and papers on women and ancient medicine, health in antiquity, the reception of ancient medical texts, mental health and notions of ‘hysteria', and histories of gender and the body. She has taught medical students as well as humanities students, and presents frequently to health professionals. Professor King is also actively involved in public engagement. She has appeared as a special guest on podcasts and documentaries, and has written many popular blogposts on ancient medical thought and its continuing relevance today.

Professor King received her degree in Ancient History and Social Anthropology from University College London and has held research fellowships at Cambridge, Newcastle, and the Netherlands. She has held visiting professorships in the US, Canada, Italy, and Austria and has served as co-editor of the journal Social History of Medicine and on the editorial board of Gesnerus, a Swiss journal on the history of medicine and science.

For more information on the Rydell Professorship, visit gustavus.edu/events/rydell.