Monday, December 15, 2008

Dr. Frederick Ruysch

F. Ruysch developed new embalming techniques that revolutionized anatomical studies and practices, and also blurred the distinctions between art, science, and morality. Many of the works still exist today.

child's arm holding an eye socket

examples of preserved items in his wunderkammern/kunstkammern

the skeleton on the right clutches a piece of lung tissue. The inscription reads something like: "why did I waste my life on worldly goods?" (vanitas)

an etching done after a real diorama made by Ruysch out of infant's skeletons, injected blood vessels, and gallstones. More vanitas motifs.

lovely child's arm - vanitas

sick midwife toad - note the scattered babies(click image to enlarge)

Dr. Frederick Ruysch (1638-1731)