"Philip Verheyen dissecting his amputated limb"
Philip Verheyen may well have been a forgotten student of the clergy, a layperson of the Renaissance, whose presence, while important, was not so documented, if not for a “fortuitous” infection of his foot, while studying in the seminary.
The surgeon who met with Verheyen and ultimately amputated his lower leg (rendering him unfit for the clergy) was a student of Frederik Ruysch, the famed Dutch anatomist and botanist, and spoke long to Verheyen about the fascinating aspects of the anatomy of the leg - as well as why it must be amputated.
After his amputation, Philip was forced to pursue another profession, and given how fascinating he found the dissection of his amputated limb, found the life of a surgeon to be agreeable with his new-found interests.
While he was a good and celebrated surgeon of Belgium, his lost limb caused him much turmoil throughout his life. Though well-documented and recognized today, in Verheyen’s time, "phantom limb pain" was not a condition that was considered to be “real”. Mr. Verheyen persevered, however, and despite the agony evident in his diaries, was a successful surgeon who served many in his day.
At the McMaster University Library Research Collections, I took the time to explore a box of artifacts on the history of ballooning that someone had collected over years and then donated to the university. Among the fascinating ephemera and artifacts were several full-color illustrations related to the topic: “Aeronautics, Plate III” showing famous ballooning events from the late 18th century and one from the mid-17th century [see 1818 version of this image on the MIT flickr account]; “Milanese Ascension, 1784” painting under glass in a frame; and “A flight across the herring pool” by Cruikshank (1800). For more on the Cruikshank satirical engraving, see the British Museum website. I was very excited to also find an engraving about ballooning in a science compendium I was looking at for another search I was doing at the same time. The black and white engraving called “Air-Balloons” is from Charles Hutton (1737-1823), A mathematical and philosophical dictionary: containing an explanation of the terms, and an account of the several subjects, comprized under the heads mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy (London: J. Davis, for J. Johnson; and G.G. and J. Robinson, 1796), plate 1.
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Spent new year as amy pond courtesy of my sister’s cosplay collection! Happy new year, tumblr!
eight months for more doctor who though
why does it keep taking longer and longer to produce content of lower and lower quality
i am going to write these essays and i am going to dress as amy pond and i am going to go see my friends and drink wine and be merry and then i am going to finish writing these essays and go to the theatre on friday and go back to cornwall on saturday and when i get there i am going to jump into the sea and know what it is to be alive and be vital and 22 and free and everything will get better
As I Walked Out One Evening by W. H. Auden
My contribution to the New Year Poetry Meme, a virtual poetry festival of people reading out their favourite poems.
- A lot of you want a romantic boyfriend to sweep you off your feet.
- A good percentage of the same people think any boy trying to talk to you at any time is creepy and going to attack you.
- It’s okay to be proud of who you are, to enjoy life and have fun and be silly!
- Unless you’re Jennifer Lawrence, then oh my God, you’re so annoying now.
- Also Jennifer Lawrence is awesome!
- But so annoying.
- Tumblr is a place to post all the fandoms you love!
- But only if they’re Teen Wolf, Supernatural or Doctor Who, otherwise oh my god, so annoying.
- It’s okay to be a mass murderer if you’re Tom Hiddleston.
- It’s okay to be anything if you’re Tom Hiddleston.
- If you don’t want to suck Tom Hiddleston’s dick, then you probably need your head checking.
- You shouldn’t be ashamed of liking anything you like.
- But you should know that everything you like is problematic and horrible and makes you an ableist, homophobic, transphobic, racist misogynist.
- Except Elementary.
- If people don’t post spoiler warnings for UK shows, they’re dicks.
- If people ask for spoiler warnings for US shows, they should get off the internet.
- Make you tag anything that might trigger someone.
- But don’t ever tag anything that people might have a phobia of.
- Except spiders.
- You can sleep with whoever you want, have as much or as little sex as you want, it’s your body and your choice.
- Taylor Swift is a skank.
- Ship wars are stupid and immature.
- If you don’t ship Delena, you’re missing the point.
- DC is full of dicks.
- Actually there’s no follow up response to this one, it is full of dicks.
- YAY BEN AFFLECK WON AN OSCAR.
- DEAR GOD BEN AFFLECK IS GOING TO BE BATMAN.
- Steven Moffatt is a dick.
- Peter Capaldi is hot now he’s The Doctor.
- Idris Elba is perfect. (No, he really is).
If you’re a fan of Sherlock, you’re a fucking lunatic.
Nika Danielska Designs by Kate Strucka for Factice Magazine #17
Macabre in style and sharp in design, these fetish fashion designs by Nika Danielska feature skeletal cages that constrict and contort the body for the sake of fashion. Face masks, neck braces and shoulder spikes make up this daring collection, blurring the lines between pain and couture with their frightening demeanor. The spindly creations can be worn peeking out from underneath a jacket, or on top of a gorgeous gown, making eye-popping fashion. These intricately wrought pieces are lavish enough to be worn instead of other accessories and jewels, A look glamorously Gothic when paired with some sparkly baubles.The Nika Danielska designs bring fetish fashion concepts to the forefront of dramatic style.
Bastille - Requiem for Blue Jeans
This is so good it makes me SICK. SICK I TELL YOU.
Alexander McQueen. “I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”
and this will be my superhero costume on weekends
Last artwork of the year! I fell in love with this photo set by Grimmhardt and used the top image as a reference picture for this portrait of Dean.
Watercolor, inks, Prismacolor pencils, Liquitex (acrylic painting) for the white highlights. 13,5 x 20 cm sketchbook, watercolor paper.