Lowell Lecture

The Anatomy Lesson by Author Nina Siegel

Date & Time

March 11, 2014


Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St. Salem , MA 01970
Driving Directions


Nina Siegel 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 for a book tour for her new book/.

Presenting Organization

Peabody Essex Museum


The Arts

ANATOMY LESSON by Nina Siegel 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. Nina Siegal is a New Yorker based in Amsterdam, who works as an author, editor, and journalist. She has received numerous grants and fellowships for her fiction, including a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing. Siegal's journalistic writing has appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, W. Magazine, Art in America,1stDibs, ArtNews, and Bloomberg News. She is a contributing writer for the The New York Times and frequently writes about art for the The International New York Times.