The fantastical anatomical collections of Frederik Ruysch: A symposium

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'The fantastical anatomical collections of Dutch anatomist and botanist Frederik Ruysch: A symposium. Presented by the Center for the History of Medicine, Bernard Becker Medical Library. Join us for the whole day (or just part of the day): Panelists, lunch and keynote at Olin Library (Danforth campus) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by a reception and rare book viewing 3:30–6 p.m. in Becker Library.

Presented by the Center for the History of Medicine, Bernard Becker Medical Library

9 a.m.–2 p.m. — Olin Library, special collections, Danforth campus
Registration is optional.

9:30 a.m. — Breakfast
10 a.m. — Panelist discussion
11:45–12:45 — Lunch
1 p.m. — Keynote

3:30–6 p.m. | Becker Library, Glaser Gallery, Medical campus
Registration is optional.

After the symposium, join us for a reception in Becker. We'll have refreshments and a rare book viewing. Learn more.

Ruysch's anatomical tableaux are some of the most compelling images in the history of scientific illustration: Fetal skeletons stand on mountains of kidney stones and specimens float in jars topped with arrangements of dried flowers — a vision of death and science that can be disconcerting to modern eyes. 

Becker Library had the honor of contributing images to a new English translation of the works of Frederik Ruysch. The latest edition was edited by Joanna Ebenstein of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, who joins us as keynote speaker for this special one-day event to celebrate the book's launch. 

In this symposium, we'll explore the fascinating works of Dutch anatomist and botanist Frederik Ruysch and discuss the early modern artistic and scientific traditions that gave rise to his vision.

Keynote: Joanna Ebenstein
Founder & Creative Director                            
Morbid Anatomy Museum

Panelist: Claudia Swan, PhD
Mark Steinberg Weil Professor of Art History  
Washington University in St. Louis

Panelist: Rebecca Messbarger, PhD
Professor of Italian
Washington University in St. Louis                  

Panelist: Elizabeth Wyckoff, PhD
Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs 
Saint Louis Art Museum


November 11th, 2022 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Olin Library (Danforth Campus)
1 Brookings Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63130
United States
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