Monday, July 30, 2007

Curiosities of Glass

Interesting show now up at the Corning Museum of Glass called Curiosities of Glassmaking. Thanks to Jason and Donna for alerting me to this.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


A note on the upkeep of this blog: I know I have been remiss, and, sadly, this state of affairs will probably continue for the next two weeks or so. The reason: I am in Birmingham, Alabama ("The Pittsburg ot the South") at the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences working on an upcoming touring exhibition to open there in early September called "Anatomical Theater."

"Anatomical Theater" will be a collection of photographs I have taken of medical museums around the world supplemented with objects I will curate from the museum's storage areas. The photos are from a recent pilgrimage to such medical museums throughout Europe and America as The Vrolik, La Specola, Musée Dupuytren, The Josephinum, The Mütter Museum, and The Hunterian Museum.

Above images from the UAB Museum of the Health Sciences and its backrooms.

Will do my best to update the blog, but have only intermittent internet access.

Anyone have any advice about things to do or food not to miss in Birmingham?

Friday, July 27, 2007

Curious Expeditions Report on Museo delle Cere Anatomiche

Check out this great post on the Curious Expeditions blog about their trip to the Museo delle Cere Anatomiche (Museum of Anatomical Waxes) in Bologna, Italy.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Taxidermy as Fine Art

The wonderful work of artist Nina Katchadourian, circa a post on Revista. For more on the topic of Fine Art Taxidermy, check out Phantasmaphile's posting on Les Deux Garcons.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Japanese Anatomical Toys

Minature Japanese Anatomical Toys! As seen on Boing Boing today. Find out more about them here.

Friday, July 20, 2007


From a work-related search on Corbis Images, search term "static." Caption reads "Woman Receiving Electrical Physical Therapy: Static electricity being used in the treatment of nervous disorder."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

John Banister: Anatomical Tables (c.1580)

From the wonderful Anatomy Acts Exhibition Website.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Manuel d'anatomie Descriptive du Corps Humain (Paris, 1825)

Images, some unintentionally surrealistic, from Manuel d'anatomie Descriptive du Corps Humain, Représentée en Planches Lithographiées, published in Paris in 1825. Complements of University of Toronto's Anatomia 1522-1867.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Joseph Maclise (1815-1880)

From the wonderfully perusable University of Toronto site Anatomia 1522-1867.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Anatomical Models as Quirky Art Objects?

I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone created artsy, whimsical anatomical models; I just didn't expect it to be a main-stream medical-model house like 3B Scientific, and for the medical community, no less.
From the website:
Inspired by various popular 3B models, a circle of talented artists is committed to creating valuable anatomical art objects in small volumes. Here is a collection of frequently chosen subjects for you – wonderful works of art for your office!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Heart Bared, in its Many Guises, at The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection is presenting a survey of "the heart" in medicine, art, myth, and culture. From the website:
The heart, widely understood as the place where life begins and ends, has always featured as a potent symbol in our religions, myths and rituals. Modern medical science has taught us that much of the power and influence traditionally attributed to the heart actually lies in the brain. Nevertheless we remain reluctant to let go of the notion - deeply rooted in everyday language and imagery - that the heart is the home of our emotions and of our true character.

Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wellcome Trust Releases 2000 Years of Medical Images under Creative Commons

Via Boing Boing:
"The Wellcome Trust, one of the UK's largest medical charities, has released its image collection under Creative Commons licenses, with a new web site to search through it."

And what an amazing site it is! Check it out here. The site is quite slow, but well worth the wait-- a veritable treasure trove of amazing imagery. Hooray for the internet. Thanks, Megan, for passing it on!

Monday, July 9, 2007

"Grant's Anatomy: A Macabre Collection"

Medical museums in the news! An article in the paper about the University of Toronto Medical School's "Grant Museum." Check it out here.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Anatomical Flipbook (19th Century?)

Check out the whole wonderful set of flipbook images here. Found on the French Blog "Agence Eureka," via the wonderful blog Modern Mechanix.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Anatomical and Medical Moulage Museums of the World

The Kircher Society is doing a great service with their user-appended list of wax anatomical musuems and medical moulage museums of the world. Check out the list, and add your own entries, here. (Photos from Le Musée Dupuytren, Paris, 2003.)