Vesalius: Celebrating 500 Years of Innovation: An Exhibition at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Lecture: Renaissance Man: The Art and Science of Andreas Vesalius

Professor Mark T. Nielsen - September 18, 6:30 pm

Location: Gould Auditorium of the J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 1

Reception to follow in Special Collections Gallery, Level 4 at 7:30 pm 

A 45 minute tour of the exhibition will begin at 5:30 at the west entrance of the J. Willard Marriott Library. 


2014 marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius, scientific visionary and pioneer of 16th century medicine. A famous anatomist and physician in his own time (1514-1564), Vesalius is still recognized today for his contributions to understanding human anatomy. Vesalius is particularly noted for his De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Fabric of the Human Body), first published in 1543, and revised and reprinted in 1555. On Level 4 of the Marriott Library, these two editions were part of a Rare Books exhibition titled Down to the Bones.

The J. Willard Marriott Library, in partnership with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, is hosting Vesalius: Celebrating 500 Years of Innovation, celebrating the contributions of Andreas Vesalius to education, anatomy, and design. From July 11 through October 3, the Marriott Library will display rare books, prints, anatomical models, and other materials related to the work of Vesalius throughout the building. Also on display will be facsimile plates from Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Families and children are welcome.

Vesalius: Celebrating 500 Years of Innovation

Exhibition: J. Willard Marriott Library, Levels 1 – 5

July 11 – October 3

Free and open to the public

Directions and parking


Down to the Bones -- Rare Books Exhibition

July 11th - October 5th

J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections Gallery, Level 4