Anatomical atlas donated in honour of Principal Munroe-Blum

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

From left to right: Chancellor Arnold Steinberg, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum, Dean of Libraries Colleen Cook and Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, William Feindel Chair in Neuro-Oncology at the Montreal Neurological Institute in front of the Jacques Fabien Gautier d’Agoty altas. / Photo: Sabrina Hanna

On April 30, at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum was presented with a significant rare work donated in her honour. The Exposition anatomique de la structure du corps human by Jacques Fabien Gautier d’Agoty (1716-1785) was published in France in 1759. D’Agoty was an artist who trained in colour printing with Jacob Christoph Le Blon (1670-1741), a German painter and engraver who developed the technique of colour mezzotint printing. D’Agoty took on the difficult and elaborate project of printing a complete, life-sized anatomy in colour. The resulting book is an elephant folio with nineteen pages of text and twenty colour mezzotint plates.

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