The lost Grave of Andreas Vesalius

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Do you want to make history with us?  Then you should contribute to the second phase of the Quest for the Lost Grave of Andreas Vesalius, on Zakynthos, Greece, coordinated by Theo Dirix for Vesalius Continuum with Pascale Pollier, bio-medical artist.

Twelve golden sponsors (who have donated 350 € and more) have already received a small buste of our anatomist, in bronze resin, sculpted by Pascale Pollier.  We thank them warmly. 


Silver sponsors of 250 € and more still have the chance to choose an acrylic painting on canvas by Dr. Maurits Biesbrouck, (e.g. below is his view of the Santa Maria della Grazie, the church, with the presumed grave, vanished by an earthquake in 1953). Make your choice here:   https://vimeo.com/album/4256567



Bronze sponsors of whatever amount will earn eternal recognition for their contribution to a science project backed by prominent researchers: Prof. Dr. em Omer Steeno & Dr. Maurits Biesbrouck, Vesalius Researchers, Prof. Jan Driessen, Director of EBSA, Belgian School in Athens, Dr. Sylviane Déderix & Dr. Apostolos Sarris, IMS/FORTH, Rethymnon, Greece.

in Dutch:
Voor steun van 350 tot 500 € heeft Pascale Pollier  heeft al 12 exemplaren van een beeldje met de gezichtsreconstructie van Vesalius gemaakt voor onze gouden sponsors.

Zilveren sponsors van 250 € en meer, kunnen nog een keuze maken uit meer dan 200 schilderijen van Maurits Biesbrouck (20X20cm; 50X60 cm; 60X80 cm).

Voor elke storting, hoe bescheiden ook, neemt u deel aan een historisch en wetenschappelijk avontuur dat wordt gesteund door Prof. em. Dr. Omer Steeno, Dr. Maurits Biesbrouck, Vesalius onderzoekers, Prof. Jan Driessen, Directeur van EBSA, de Belgische School in Athene,  Dr. Sylviane Déderix en Dr. Apostolos Sarris, IMS/FORTH, Rethymnon, Griekenland.
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On 21 & 22 September 2017, the area where a previous phase in our Search for the Grave of Vesalius (GIS) situates the in 1953 abolished Santa Maria delle Grazie church, has been scanned by Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). Of course we will keep you informed about the analyses of the collected data. For now, also on behalf of Pascale Pollier, I wholeheartedly thank Mrs Christina Mercouri (Director of the local Ephorate and her team), Jan Driessen (Director of the Belgische School te Athene - Ecole belge d'Athènes - Βελγική Σχολή Αθηνών, and his deputy Παναγιώτης Ιωσήφ), Sylviane Déderix and Apostolos Sarris and Nikos Papadopoulos of IMS/FORTH Rethymnon. I warmly thank the local authorities and the Police for their assistance and the neighbours for their comprehension. Last but not least, my gratitude goes to all sponsors, family, friends and mentors. Whatever the outcome, the search will never be the same.
Signed: Theo Dirix
Local newspaper Ermis News reporting
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NEW REWARD!
For a donation of 150 € you receive a medal!
In the rich tradition of VESALIUS in NUMMIS ( http://www.andreasvesalius.be), this unique piece of art, in bronze resin, diameter ​7 cm; edge ​1 cm, bears on its observe a facial reconstruction of Andreas Vesalius, signed Pascale Pollier, and on the reverse in Latin the text: Vesalii Continuum - Ab Amicis in Insula Zakintho ad D.Maria - Pascale Pollier and Theo Dirix - 2017.
The text is derived from the book​ ​ICONES​ ​of Johannes Sambucus (1531-1584)​,​ describing Vesalius's gravestone with epitaph, erected: "by Friends on the Island of Zakynthos in the (Santa) Maria",​ ​referring​ on this medal to the Friends of Vesalii Continuum and the search of the grave by Pascale Pollier and Theo Dirix in 2017.
May we again thank you for your generous support.
Of the amount raised today (8104 € gross), representing a net total of 6165 € (after deduction of fees, costs and expenses for material), 5700 € has already been allocated for the archaeological research.
By September 20, you can earn a medal by offering an extra for lodging and boarding.
VESALIUS IN NUMMIS
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Dear Friends of Vesalius,
You can't have your cake and eat it too!
If you want to know where the father of modern anatomy is buried, what may have happened in his last moments and if he really resembled the portrait in his Fabrica, you may want to donate to this adventure. Vesalii Continuum!
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Dear Friends of Andreas Vesalius,
Welcoming many new Vesalius enthusiasts from all over the world, let me introduce ourselves again.
Within the organising committee of the internationally acclaimed Vesalius Continuum Conference in September 2014 in Zakynthos, medical artist Pascale Pollier and I, then Consul at the Embassy of Belgium in Athens, set up a search team for the Lost Grave of Vesalius.
In a first phase, sponsored by AgfaHealthCare, Dr. Sylviane Déderix has placed the Santa Maria delle Grazie church where historic sources situate the anatomist’s grave, on today’s city map. The church was destroyed in 1953.
In a second phase that GIS will be checked underground with non-destructive research. With donations from this crowd funding campaign, an advance has already been paid to IMS/FORTH that will travel to Zakynthos soon. We thank you all for donating and sharing.
Today’s update is a newsletter of Vesalius Continuum, a website managed by Pascale Pollier, co-founder of BIOMAB and ARSIC & president of AEIMS, curator and self-employed artist Artem  Medicalis.
Signed : www.theodirix.com
Newsletter Vesalius Continuum 1
Newsletter Vesalius Continuum 2
Newsletter Vesalius Continuum 3
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Vivitur Ingenio . The genius of Vesalius had been revealed and discovered in 1543. No doubt that he wants to be rediscovered again in this century. Many blessings and support for what your team is doing !

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