Forces of Form: The Vrolik Museum

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Laurens de Rooy, Simon Knepper
Amsterdam University Press, 2009 - Art - 143 pages
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Established around the private collections of Gerardus Vrolik (1775–1859) and his son Willem (1801–63), the Vrolik Musuem in Amsterdam has since its founding in the nineteenth century been one of the most admired expositions of anatomy in all of Europe. Scientists and physicians from all over the world travel to gaze upon the five thousand specimens of human and animal anatomy, embryology, pathology, and congenital anomalies housed at the museum. 

Forces of Form
brings this collection back into the limelight, exploring the museum’s rich history and displaying in color illustrations 150 of the museum’s most fascinating specimens. 

 

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Contents

Anatomy ornamented
11
The poet and the tsar
32
The pathologisation of dissection
35
Magic stones from the belly of an antelope
46
A cabinet departs
59
Criminal heads
82
The foetus man
85
A nerveracking job for Lodewijk Bolk
110
Death keeps science alive
113
Mangled by fashion
130
List of captions
133
Bibliography
141
About the contributors
143
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About the author (2009)

Laurens de Rooy works in the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at the Amsterdam Medical Center and is curator of the Vrolik Museum. Hans van den Bogaard is a freelance photographer. 

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