Self Portrait Rembrandt, 1629
About 150 years later, anatomy became a passion project of a young REMBRANDT VAN RIJN . In the 17th century, dissections were a public spectacle; inquisitive people could thus take a look inside the human body. In 1632 , van Rijn gave people a glimpse with a commissioned painting: a group portrait for the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons with impressive colouring, which immediately directs the eye to the muscles shown in the piece of art. In ÂťTHE ANATOMY LESSON OF DR. NICOLAES TULPÂŤ , surgeons dressed in dark clothes are gathered around a corpse whose dissected lower arm catches the eye due to its red and orange shades.