Four hundred and fifty years after his death on the Greek Island of Zakynthos, Andreas Vesalius still scores high on the lists of the greatest of this world. This is not only so in Belgium where he was born in Brussels half a millennium ago. In a recent project establishing a universal pantheon his influence beats many.
The medical standards he set as an anatomist and a visionary physician are not the only explanation. His Magnum Opus, the Fabrica, a monument of scientific, didactic and artistic achievement, has added largely to make him survive the renaissance. Even some mysteries in his life, specifically in the last months and moments of his short life, boost the everlasting appeal.
The Embassy of Belgium in Athens and the Municipality of Zakynthos are honored to host a commemoration that confirms and even broadens his inspiration, beyond borders and time. A new monument, a contemporary exhibition, music concerts and new research presented at the international Vesalius Continuum conference will mark this quincentenary of Vesalius as a beacon for Arts & Sciences.
17 December, Athens (Venue: Andreas Syggros amphitheatre)
Vesalius Continuum celebrates Andreas Vesalius' birthday at the Andreas Syggros Museum.
Renaissance concert by Menelaos-Dimitris Kountouras, solo flute.
The event, a fascinating and unique experience mainly in English but also in Greek, includes:
- a guided tour in Andreas Syggros Museum, the exceptional museum of 1660 wax (moulages or) models of venereal and dermatological diseases, created last century
- the presentation of the personal account of Theo Dirix, Consul of Belgium in Athens, and taphophile "In search of Andreas Vesalius.
The quest for the lost grave".
- a Renaissance music concert
- several medical art films
- a private tour in the International contemporary art exhibition Fabrica Vitae
- fascinating talks by distinguished scholars, and
- a "vin d'honneur" to celebrate 500 years of Andreas Vesalius.
Autumn concert tour dates:
5 September, Zakynthos (Venue: Faneromeni Church)
6 September, Kefalonia (Venue: Argostoli Central Square)
8 September, Ithaki (Venue: Nisaki island)
9 September, Lefkada (Venue: Municipal Library)
12 September, Athens (Venue: Acropolis Museum)
Performing artists : Trio Solista
Yannick van de Velde, piano
Beatriz Macias, flute
Roeland Henkens, trumpet
Handel, Eternal Source of Light - voice, trumpet and piano
Parisotti, Se tu m'ami - voice and piano
Poulenc, Romance - flugelhorn and piano
Doppler, Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise - flute and piano
Grainger, In Dahomey - piano solo
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - trumpet and piano
Gershwin - Summertime - voice, trumpet and piano
Piazzola Etude #3 arr. - flute, trumpet and piano
Dates:17 December & 3 to 12 September 2014
Organised by:Embassy of Belgium in Athens
Co-organised with:Municipality of Zakynthos
Media Relations:specs 'n' arts
Venue:Andreas Syggros Amphitheatre