About Anatomia

Anatomia is a collection of illustrations of human anatomy which are contained within published books, but the texts themselves are not included. The anatomical illustrations chosen for inclusion are, for the most part, full page plates but significant illustrations within the text are also included, as well as the title pages to the books themselves. The site is structured on two interconnected levels - the book level and the plate level.

Information about the content of the books, their authorship, significance and publishing history is contained within the extensive notes in the full description of each book. To search for a book author, title, or printer/publisher or to search the contents of the notes describing the books you must go to the Search/Browse the Books section. The full book description contains a link which opens a popup window listing all the plates contained within that book, in the order in which they appear in the book. Selecting the plate title takes you to the record for that plate.

Detailed information about the content of each image is contained within the full plate description. Each individual plate or image has been subject indexed using standardized medical subject headings (MeSH). Descriptive titles have been assigned in addition to recording the actual plate title when available. Artists of individual plates have been identified whenever possible, as well as others involved in the production of the plate such as engravers and lithographers. To search for a plate title or subject, for an artist, engraver or lithographer, or to search the contents of the notes describing the plates you must go to the Search/Browse the Plates section. The full plate description contains a brief record for the book from which it came and a link which takes you to the complete record for that book.


The University of Toronto Libraries gratefully acknowledge the support of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), whose generosity made this web site possible.

Many thanks also go to Dr. Michael Wiley, Chair, Division of Anatomy, University of Toronto, for his reviews and suggestions in preparing the images for "Picture Your Search". Note: this feature existed on the original Anatomia site, which has now been web archived. Click here to view the original site. 

Copyright / Request

In keeping with its mission the University of Toronto Library provides access to the digital materials included in the Anatomia online collection. The images in the online collection are derived from works in the public domain.

Copyright and other rights in the digital images, underlying encoded text, indexing and display of the materials in the Anatomia online collection are held by the University of Toronto Library. The images may be used for the purposes of research, private study, or general interest. For these purposes the images may be viewed and printed without prior permission. Any other use, including publication, redistribution and/or broadcast in any form, including electronic, requires written permission. For reproduction requests please fill out the Digital Photography Order Form and send/fax your request to the address listed on the form.

Contact Information

If you encounter an issue on the site or have any feedback, please contact us.

The Anatomia website team members:

Teddy Cameron
Anne Dondertman
Andrea Kosavic
Sian Meikle
Philip Oldfield
Karen Turko
Marlene van Ballegooie

Digital Photography
Jim Ingram
Bogda Mickiewicz

In 2017 the Anatomia Collection was migrated from ColdFusion to Islandora. Click here to view a web archived copy of the original site.

2017 Development Team
Kelli Babcock
Gordon Belray
Chris Crebolder
Guita Lamsechi
Sunny Lee
Elizabeth Ridolfo