Rainbows in Art

Depictions spanning more than 800 years – in chronological order – of that most enigmatic of weather phenomena, the rainbow….more

Circulation of Ch’i (1886)

A nineteenth-century Taoist ink drawing by an unknown Chinese artist, showing the circulation of ch’i (or qì) through the human body….more

Fortunio Liceti’s Monsters (1665)

Highlights from the illustrations in the 1665 edition of Fortunio Liceti’s De Monstris, originally published, without the illustrations, in 1616. Liceti’s work,…more

Ernst Haeckel’s Radiolaria (1862)

According to Wikipedia Radiolaria are “protozoa of (diameter 0.1–0.2 mm) that produce intricate mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the…more

The Belly of a Horse (1820)

Anatomical diagram from William Carver’s Practical horse farrier, or, The traveller’s pocket companion: shewing the best method to preserve the horse in health;…more

Medical Imagery of the 15th Century

The following images are all taken from Tradition und Naturbeobachtung in den Illustrationen Medizinischer Handschriften und Frühdrucke vornehmlich des 15. Jahrhun…more

Numerical Hands (1797)

Images from an 18th century Italian book entitled Scoperta della chironomia, ossia, Dell’arte di gestire con le mani by Vicenzo Requeno, a Spanish monk living in It…more