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The Anatomy Lesson
by Nina Siegal


Overview - A single day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons' Guild has commissioned a young artist named Rembrandt to paint Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he performs a medical dissection. In the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the event, we meet an extraordinary constellation of men and women whose lives hinge, in some way, on Dr.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A single day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons' Guild has commissioned a young artist named Rembrandt to paint Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he performs a medical dissection. In the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the event, we meet an extraordinary constellation of men and women whose lives hinge, in some way, on Dr. Tulp's anatomy lesson. There is Aris the Kid, the condemned coat thief whose body is to be used for the dissection; Flora, his pregnant lover; Jan Fetchet, the curio dealer who acquires corpses for the doctor's work; the great Rene Descartes, who will attend the dissection in his quest to understand where the human soul resides; and the Dutch master himself, who feels a shade uneasy about this assignment.
As the story builds to its dramatic conclusion, circumstances conspire to produce a famous painting--and an immortal painter. Vividly rendered, masterfully written, The Anatomy Lesson is a story of mind and body, death and love--and redemptive power of art.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780804169233
  • ISBN-10: 0804169233
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: December 2014
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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The Anatomy Lesson, the second book by Nina Siegal, is a clever, masterfully constructed historical novel set during Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Inspired by Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” Siegal has imagined a fascinating backstory for the famous painting. The medical dissection that Rembrandt captured sets the course for her story, which trails various characters who are connected to the event. Aris the Kid, a thief who will soon hang, will provide the corpse for the dissection, while Flora, his lover, is desperate to save him. Jan Fetchet procures medical cadavers for Dr. Tulp. Rene Descartes, the great scientist and philosopher, is also on hand for the lesson. And then there’s Rembrandt, who has been commissioned to record the event and feels ambivalent about the task at hand. An expert storyteller, Siegal paints a rich picture of an enthralling era, mixing elements of suspense and romance, fact and fiction with a sure hand. Fans of historical fiction will find this multi-faceted novel irresistible.

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