Talks and Lectures
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7pm
Location: Morse Auditorium
THE ANATOMY LESSON by Nina Siegal is a novel that imagines the story behind Rembrandt's renowned painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. Set in Amsterdam in 1632, the novel recreates the lives of a young Rembrandt as he is commissioned to paint the now famous scene, the curio collector who secured the cadaver for him, the young widow whose husband was hanged and whose corpse the collector delivers, even Rene Descartes, who was in fact present at the dissection Rembrandt depicts. Much like The Girl in the Pearl Earring did for Vermeer, THE ANATOMY LESSON is an historical novel that brilliantly brings to life one of Rembrandt's most famous works.
The author spent six years in Amsterdam working on the novel, was mentored there by the world's leading Rembrandt scholar Ernst van de Wetering, and is the founding editor of TimeOut Amsterdam. She will be coming to the U.S. for two weeks when Doubleday publishes the book (on March 11).
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