By Nina Siegal
A unmarried day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons’ Guild has commissioned a tender artist named Rembrandt to color Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he plays a scientific dissection. within the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the development, we meet a unprecedented constellation of fellows and girls whose lives hinge, not directly, on Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson. there's Aris the child, the condemned coat thief whose physique is for use for the dissection; flowers, his pregnant lover; Jan Fetchet, the curio broker who acquires corpses for the doctor’s paintings; the nice René Descartes, who will attend the dissection in his quest to appreciate the place the human soul is living; and the Dutch grasp himself, who feels a color uneasy approximately this task.
As the tale builds to its dramatic end, conditions conspire to provide a recognized painting—and an immortal painter. Vividly rendered, masterfully written, The Anatomy Lesson is a narrative of brain and physique, loss of life and love—and redemptive energy of artwork.
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