Health

The light that illuminates medicine

This photograph that I share in Las Fotos de los Lectores de La Vanguardia shows the lamp in the Gimbernat Room of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia, of which I am a member. I have titled it academic light.

This 18th century room is one of the spaces with the greatest cultural and historical wealth in Barcelona. Names like Servet, Mata, Gimbernat, Virgili and Cajal adorn this room together with some elaborate stained glass windows, one of which we can see in the image.

And, in the middle of the room, is the marble dissection table, one of the few that are preserved in Europe.

The Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia is located in the area that includes the buildings of the old Hospital de la Santa Creu and the Casa de Convalescència, in the Raval neighborhood.

It is a significant set with respect to Barcelona’s health past for more than five hundred years, between the 15th century and the 20th century.

Since 1919, the medical institution has had its headquarters in the building that was formerly the Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona (1760-1843) and later the Faculty of Medicine (1843-1906).

This is one of the most important examples of neoclassical architecture in Barcelona and inside you can see this room, illuminated by this lamp, which is one of the most important and best preserved anatomical amphitheatres in Europe.

The building was built between 1762 and 1763 by the architect Ventura Rodríguez, a few years before the Palau de la Virreina, for example, when the Baroque style still predominated in Barcelona.

Its neoclassical lines, which advanced the presence of this architectural style in the city, are balanced with baroque ornamental details, entrusted to various local artists.


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Lamp from the Gimbernat Room of the Royal Academy of Medicine.

Detail of the lamp in the Gimbernat Room of the Royal Academy of Medicine.

Joaquin Callabed

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