A Lesson in Anatomy - By Rembrandt

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It is one of his most famous paintings. The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Tulp was made as a group portrait for the Surgeons Guild in Amsterdam. We see them at one of their events, the public dissection of a human body. They were only allowed one body a year, so I guess it was a special occasion. Dr. Tulp is speaking to an auditorium filled with spectators, not just other surgeons, it was open to everyone and apparently a pretty popular event. Please join me as I show you the painting up close and tell you the story behind it.

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