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Skeleton with puppets

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The engraving above shows the tableaux (or dramatic scenes) created by the anatomist Frederick Ruysch (1638 - 1731) and included in his wondrous cabinet of curiosities. Ruysch discovered the recipe for a special coloured substance that, when injected into human organs, revealed the journeys taken by the blood vessels through the lymphatic system. He later included these injected body parts in his museum of curiosities: body part specimens in glass jars, baby skeletons, and preserved organs sat alongside exotic birds, butterflies and plants. He thought of these exhibits as highly educational, but also felt that they should be decorated 'prettily and naturally'. So his daughter would prepare delicate cuffs or collars to be slipped on to severed arms or placed around necks. Ruysch turned other pieces in his collection into theatrical scenes. Small skeletons were positioned in 'geological' landscapes, crying into handkerchiefs, wearing strings of pearls, or playing the violin. The 'botanical' landscapes were also made up of body parts: kidney stones or tissue from the lungs would become bushes, grass or rocks.

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Mediamatic.net - Het Rode Autootje

Mediamatic.net - Het Rode Autootje | Cabinets of Curiosities | Scoop.it
Het Rode Autootje. Een project van Sonja van Hamel
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A collection of postcards with a little red car on them

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UntitledbyHawkins Bolden/ American Art

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Untitled by Hawkins Bolden. Search the Smithsonian American Art museum collection which is one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art made in the United States.
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Hawkins Bolden was part Creole and part American Indian. At age seven, Bolden suffered a severe blow to the head from a baseball accident that resulted in the loss of his eyesight, which he never regained. Despite this disability, he made visual/tactile art for most of his life. To protect his beloved garden in Memphis,Tennessee, he constructed scarecrows from washtubs, clothing, coffeepots, and other cast-off articles. 

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