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Joanna Ebenstein (ed.): Frederik Ruysch and his Thesaurus Anatomicus. A Morbid Guide. (The MIT Press, 2022)

The newest book by Joanna Ebenstein was released on 20 September 2022. I attended a Zoom symposium earlier on that month to celebrate this new book. During those four hours I made some quick notes and on the top of the A4 paper I had written “Science meet art”.  This book happened when Ebenstein met... Continue Reading →

A Famous Portrait of Louis Pasteur by Albert Edelfelt

A famous chemist and microbiologist, Louis Pasteur was born 200 years ago, on 27 December 1822. But I am not writing about him, but I want you to pay a little bit of attention on the most famous portrait made of him. The reason for my relatively short blog post of today is the fact... Continue Reading →

William Hogarth: The Reward of Cruelty

'The Reward of Cruelty' is the last image of William Hogarth's series The Four Stages of Cruelty that was published in February 1751. It is one of my favourite engravings from Hogarth and thus I decided to close this year by it. I wrote earlier this month a presentation about Jacqueline Riding's book called Hogarth. Life... Continue Reading →

Robert Knox, the Anatomist

Robert Knox was born on 4 September 1791. He was said to be a good anatomist, but the later generations don’t remember him because of his professional skills, but because of his connections with infamous couple Burke and Hare. This story is not about the Burke and Hare case, but about Robert Knox, a man... Continue Reading →

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