Nestled gently between SIGNS & BILLBOARDS and SMALL TOWN AMERICA in our Picture Collection, SKELETONS boast about 100 items and is a good place to stop by for skeletal anatomy references, to contemplate your own mortality, or to find inspiration for the Scandinavian Black Metal album cover you’ve been hired to create.

See: True Norwegian black metal : we turn in the night consumed by fire in our book stacks.

A small sampling of our calcium-loving, rigid organs:

I have neither credits nor a context for this.

National Geographic, Vol. 202, no. 2 (August 2002). This skull was found in the republic of Georgia and is 1.75 million years old.

Three Skulls by Candace Dicarlo. From Black & White Magazine, no. 52 (August 2007).

This is either a diagram of an "I can't believe I'm alive" story, or a diagram of how this guy got to be real dead.

Military Histroy Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1. Disorderly mass grave.

Gracilization. I love this word.

The Three Skulls by Paul Cezanne. Canvas. 34.9 cm x 61 cm. This is a black and white Photo of a color version.

You can find a nice high resolution version of it on ARTstor.

A black and white detail of Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors. This anamorphic perspective skull is prominently hidden in the painting.

Date 1533
Medium Oil on oak
Dimensions Length: 209.5 cm (82.5 in). Height: 207 cm (81.5 in).

Posted on October 16, 2011, in Anatomy, Picture Collection and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Your photo of the skull being penetrated with a red bar is actually the famous case of Phineas Gage!

    • Thank you—I had thought it may be a “I can’t believe I’m alive.” I just read about it. Apparently the event didn’t even leave him unconscious, and further, he was lucid. This description from the attending physician is nice and gross:

      I first noticed the wound upon the head before I alighted from my carriage, the pulsations of the brain being very distinct. Mr. Gage, during the time I was examining this wound, was relating the manner in which he was injured to the bystanders. I did not believe Mr. Gage’s statement at that time, but thought he was deceived. Mr. Gage persisted in saying that the bar went through his head …. Mr. G. got up and vomited; the effort of vomiting pressed out about half a teacupful of the brain, which fell upon the floor.”

  2. Number one is from Nat Geo I recall. Number four is 3-D modelling of the unlucky/lucky Phineas Gage.

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