From my last sketch session at the Mutter Museum, College of Physicians in Philadelphia, PA. Taking a break from human anatomy was refreshing, and I could find so many similarities between human and deer anatomy.
Had a decent sized nerd-out on Saturday: these are ancient books that I studied (online/copies) while doing my senior art history thesis 5 years ago. I never knew that I could see the originals in person right up the street! It is amazing to see 17th and 18th century major scientific discoveries being figured out in front of your eyes.
Robert Hooke “Micrographia,” 1665. The FIRST views through a microscope at 300x magnification. Whoa!
Frederik Ruysch, “Thesaurus Animelium Primus,” 1725. One of the most important Cabinets of Curiosities in Amsterdam during his time. Yes, he really did pose child skeletons holding a miniature violin. He was just that ridiculous. Vanitas were quite a thing then.
Seriously, can you imagine how OLD these books are?