Studies of human eyes
Charles Le Brun
A dapper old man makes a home for birds in his beard, 1940 (Scanned by WeirdVintage from Getty Images’ Decades of the 20th Century: 1940s by Nick Yapp)
Little Men And Women
Medieval instruments of torture
From “Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages” (Benjamin Christensen, 1922)
Toby de Silva - Immortal (2012)
Removed from the catacombs of Rome in the 17th century, the relics of 12 martyred saints were attired in the jeweled regalia of the previous period and reinterred in a remote church on the German/Czech border
As the nights get darker, look no further than our latest item. Take a glance in this fascinating art journal, the ‘Anatomia Humani Corporis’, ultimate Renaissance anatomical sketchbooks – scientific masterpieces with lucid insights into the functioning of the human body.
Exencephaly, Pseudocephaly, and Anencephaly
In exencephaly, the brain is formed without the brain casing - the cranium. It is generally missing the forebrain (the prefrontal lobe), but is otherwise mostly formed. Despite this, the spinal cord is rarely formed with the brain, as there is a disconnect between the telencephalon and the hindbrain during very early development, and only the midbrain is formed.
In pseudoencephaly (a term rarely used in medicine nowadays), the midbrain and spinal cord are formed, but the forebrain is not.
In anencephaly, the most common of the three conditions, the brain and spinal cord are only tiny specs of what they should be. Curiously, despite them being a literal extension of the brain, the eyeballs sometimes fully form, though with no receptors to process the information they receive, even if the fetus were to survive, they would not see anything.
Human Monstrosities, Part IV. Barton Cooke Hirst and George A. Piersol, 1893.