New artwork by renowned painter Joseph Sheppard to be unveiled Friday at UMB

Joseph Sheppard's newest artwork

The Owings Mills native and renowned artist Joseph Sheppard is scheduled to unveil his newest painting Friday at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The 5 foot by 4 foot portrait of Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy, is being donated to the school by Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., according to a university news release. The painting will be displayed in the campus' Health Sciences and Human Services Library.

Sheppard, who is considered a master of realism, based his newest work on a 16th-century woodcut. In the painting, Vesalius is dissecting a human corpse in the operating theater at the School of Medicine in Padua, Italy.

The artist said in the news release that he thinks Vesalius would feel right at home on the Baltimore campus.

"This library is one of the two best medical libraries in the country," Sheppard said. "It's fortunate that Vesalius comes here."

mmccauley@baltsun.com

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