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Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Agatha, patron saint of breast cancer, earthquakes and natural disasters - Here to...
02/05/2021

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Agatha, patron saint of breast cancer, earthquakes and natural disasters - Here to celebrate an 18h century wood and gesso relief from Mexico.

#morbidanatomy #saintagatha #santaagueda #saint #anatomy

On Monday, February 15th, join us for The Apple of the Eye: Talismans of Early Modern Love Magic: An Illustrated Lecture...
02/05/2021

On Monday, February 15th, join us for The Apple of the Eye: Talismans of Early Modern Love Magic: An Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Alexander Cummins ( @grimoiresontape ) , Live on Zoom!

Tickets and Infos via www.morbid anatomy.org or directly through the link in our bio - Look for the What’s On section.

The links between love and magic, of enchantment and sympathia, have long been considered by poets, philosophers, and magicians alike. This talk explores the variety of pre-modern occult theories and traditional magical practices that seek to grasp both the divinity and madness of love through natural materials, amulets, and magical assemblages: ranging from remedies of the ancient world, through to the love sorcery of Shakespeare’s day, and even offering some compare-and-contrast to various techniques and ingredients of modern African-American folk magic and hoodoo.

Such love talismans could take many forms: from complex and sophisticated astrological images to simple charm-bundles of herbs and prayers. They could be constructed from various metals, wax, clay, parchment, or even carved onto an apple.

In looking at such materia magica, we will consider medical ideas about the four elemental Humours, as well as psychological notions of the passions, and both spiritual and physical mysteries of the heart. We will delve into the love magicians’ toolkit, examining means of both therapy and seduction: from aphrodisiacal herbs to conjuring matchmaking spirits to more forceful bindings, leashes, and so-called “erotic malefic” workings. We will also look to beneficent workings of healing the heart, re-kindling the fires of a long-term relationship, and techniques of fostering loving and open communication skills between lovers.

Image: Heart with pins, Lovett Collection, Pitt Rivers Museum

#morbidanatomy #love #magic #talisman #lovecharm

« Ecce Finem » - This is the End - Memento Mori piece made in ivory in the 16th century, probably   Netherlands. From th...
02/03/2021

« Ecce Finem » - This is the End - Memento Mori piece made in ivory in the 16th century, probably Netherlands. From the Ranger House collection Wernher Foundation
#mementomori #morbidanatomy #death #antique #museum #collection #rangerhouse

Starting April 6th, join Morbid Anatomy's @laetitia.cartomancy for a month long journey through the Majors Arcanas of th...
02/03/2021

Starting April 6th, join Morbid Anatomy's @laetitia.cartomancy for a month long journey through the Majors Arcanas of the Tarot!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Death and Resurrection as Muse online course includes a complete symbolic overview of the 22 card set through the lense of art and history, mixed with creative assignments and daily journaling prompts. We'll go through alchemical allegories and apocalyptic landscapes, meet tricksters, angels and some demons. Ah and obviously there will be historical cards galore!

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#morbidanatomy #tarot #tarotcards #tarotreading #tarotreadersofinstagram #antique #art #card #oracle #divination #cartomancy #cartomancer #death #museum #library #collection #deathandresurrectionasmuse #laetitia #laetitiacartomancy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Illustration by Eugene Dete for Michelet’s la Sorcière, via Library Hogier

This Monday, February 8th, join us for Privately Published: A Descent Into Early 20th Century Mail Order Erotica, An Ill...
02/02/2021

This Monday, February 8th, join us for Privately Published: A Descent Into Early 20th Century Mail Order Erotica, An Illustrated Zoom Lecture with Colin Dickey ( @colindickey )

Tickets and Infos via the link in our bio or directly through www.morbidanatomy.org - [email protected] the What’s on Section.

Colin Dickey invites you into the world of early 20th century mail-order erotica. In order to evade post office censors, smut peddlers like Panurge Press and Falstaff Press were obligated to dress up their offerings with a veneer of scientific dross, resulting in works that were too smutty to be of any real scientific or sociological value, and yet too riddled with academic nonsense to be properly erotic. A curiously forgotten and nearly nonsensical sub-genre, these books exist in between the finely-drawn lines of obscenity and free speech, pornography and literature, and titillation and scientific inquiry. Colin will share the history of these odd publishers and choice examples from his library, including works like White Meat, Praeputii Incisio, Black Opium, The Sword and Womankind, and An Anthropological Cabinet of Curiosities.

#morbidanatomy #books #bookstagram #library #falstaffpress

LAST CALL for tonight’s lecture. This Monday, February 1st, join us for Von Cosel: Love Is a Near Death Experience: A Li...
02/01/2021

LAST CALL for tonight’s lecture. This Monday, February 1st, join us for Von Cosel: Love Is a Near Death Experience: A Live, Illustrated Zoom Lecture by Filmmaker Ronni Thomas @midnightarchive presenting the historical research he did about what might be the strangest necrophilia case in the US.

Tickets and Infos via the link in our bio or directly through www.morbidanatomy.org - tickets sales stop at 5pm - Zoom link sent at 5.30pm

Filmmaker Ronni Thomas joins us to discuss one of the strangest stories in American History. CARL TANZLER. AKA Count Carl von Cosel was found, in 1940 Key West, to have been living with the corpse of a former patient of his for 7 years. The corpse was that of Elena Hoyos who was only 22 years old when she died of tuberculosis. The considerably older von Cosel had become obsessed with the young woman and was determined to cure her fatal illness. So when she finally died, he had to adjust his thinking from curing an illness to curing death itself. This is no ordinary story of grave-robbing and necrophilia - It's a gothic romance, filled with mad science, mysticism, and the supernatural.

In this illustrated lecture, Thomas will trace the grim, and yet unexpectedly uplifting story through pictures, video and audio excerpts from Cosel's bizarre journal of events. #morbidanatomy #necrophilia #love #death #voncosel #ronnithomas

Illustration for Leonard’s Dream by Jack Blackburn, from The Lancers of Lynwood, by Charlotte Mary Yonge, - Macmillan & ...
01/31/2021

Illustration for Leonard’s Dream by Jack Blackburn, from The Lancers of Lynwood, by Charlotte Mary Yonge, - Macmillan & Co - 1895.

#morbidanatomy #cats #nightmare #blackcat #illustration #hallucinations #victoriana #catsofinstagram

Illustration for Leonard’s Dream by Jack Blackburn, from The Lancers of Lynwood, by Charlotte Mary Yonge, - Macmillan & ...
01/31/2021

Illustration for Leonard’s Dream by Jack Blackburn, from The Lancers of Lynwood, by Charlotte Mary Yonge, - Macmillan & Co - 1895.

#morbidanatomy #cats #nightmare #blackcat #illustration #hallucinations #victoriana #catsofinstagram

Mating Rituals, magic and pageantry ! This late February, join Morbid Anatomy’s @laetitia.cartomancy for “Danse Macabre ...
01/31/2021

Mating Rituals, magic and pageantry ! This late February, join Morbid Anatomy’s @laetitia.cartomancy for “Danse Macabre and Daredevil Flappers", a four weeks online tarot class focused on Carnival of the End of the World deck by @kahnselesnick. Together we'll go through the deck and its wonderful iconography, symbolism and the folk traditions its based on, discuss the card together and do some reading exercises. The class also include daily journaling prompts and creative assigments to unfrost your wild side. Join us! We'll talk about death, apocalyptic landscapes, winter demons, bats and their diseases and the great power of masks and costumes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#tarot #tarotcards #tarotreading #tarotreadersofinstagram #antique #art #card #oracle #divination #cartomancy #cartomancer #museum #deathandresurrectionasmuse⠀#tattoo #tattooedwomen #carnivaloftheendoftheworldtarot #dansemacabre

We are celebrating February with a series of lecture related to peculiar love affairs and sexual behaviors! This Monday,...
01/30/2021

We are celebrating February with a series of lecture related to peculiar love affairs and sexual behaviors! This Monday, February 1st, join us for Von Cosel: Love Is a Near Death Experience: A Live, Illustrated Zoom Lecture by Filmmaker Ronni Thomas @midnightarchive presenting the historical research he did about what might be the strangest necrophilia case in the US.

Tickets and Infos via the link in our bio or directly through www.morbidanatomy.org

Filmmaker Ronni Thomas joins us to discuss one of the strangest stories in American History. CARL TANZLER. AKA Count Carl von Cosel was found, in 1940 Key West, to have been living with the corpse of a former patient of his for 7 years. The corpse was that of Elena Hoyos who was only 22 years old when she died of tuberculosis. The considerably older von Cosel had become obsessed with the young woman and was determined to cure her fatal illness. So when she finally died, he had to adjust his thinking from curing an illness to curing death itself. This is no ordinary story of grave-robbing and necrophilia - It's a gothic romance, filled with mad science, mysticism, and the supernatural.

In this illustrated lecture, Thomas will trace the grim, and yet unexpectedly uplifting story through pictures, video and audio excerpts from Cosel's bizarre journal of events. #morbidanatomy #necrophilia #love #death #voncosel #ronnithomas

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal Patreon: a Videorecording of Witch Hunting Old & New: An Illustrated Lecture ...
01/29/2021

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal Patreon: a Videorecording of Witch Hunting Old & New: An Illustrated Lecture by Ron Hutton

View at https://www.patreon.com/posts/videorecording-46831407

In the talk, join Professor Ronald Hutton to find out why the notorious medieval and early modern European witch-hunts took place. Discover what made them different from witch-hunts elsewhere in the world, why they stopped and the impact have they had on witchcraft beliefs and human rights in the present world.

The story of witch-hunting takes us on a journey through the civilizations of the ancient world and early Christianity to a change in mood in late medieval European Christian times. This is when people stopped perceiving witchcraft as a minor problem affecting individuals and started seeing it as a satanic conspiracy directed against the whole of society.

Europe is unique in making this transition and viewing witchcraft as a demonic form of religion. It is also unique in moving from a profound fear of witchcraft to a disbelief in it, officially at least.
How this change came about and how far that fear still presents a problem to the modern world, will be the central issues of this lecture.

Ronald Hutton is a Professor of History at the University of Bristol. He is a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs.

Image: Witches presenting wax dolls to the devil, featured in The History of Witches and Wizards, 1720, via Wellcome Images

This talk was produced by Viktor Wynd

From Hugo von Trimberg’s Tafel der christlichen Weisheit', 15th Century. From the Heidelberg University Library. #morbid...
01/29/2021

From Hugo von Trimberg’s Tafel der christlichen Weisheit', 15th Century. From the Heidelberg University Library. #morbidanatomy #hellmouth #medievalbooks #rarebooks #bookstagram #library #hell

Is necrophilia an exuberant form of romance? This Monday, February 1st, join us for Von Cosel: Love Is a Near Death Expe...
01/29/2021

Is necrophilia an exuberant form of romance? This Monday, February 1st, join us for Von Cosel: Love Is a Near Death Experience: A Live, Illustrated Zoom Lecture by Filmmaker Ronni Thomas @midnightarchive presenting the historical research he did about what might be the strangest necrophilia case in the US.

Filmmaker Ronni Thomas joins us to discuss one of the strangest stories in American History. CARL TANZLER. AKA Count Carl von Cosel was found, in 1940 Key West, to have been living with the corpse of a former patient of his for 7 years. The corpse was that of Elena Hoyos who was only 22 years old when she died of tuberculosis. The considerably older von Cosel had become obsessed with the young woman and was determined to cure her fatal illness. So when she finally died, he had to adjust his thinking from curing an illness to curing death itself. This is no ordinary story of grave-robbing and necrophilia - It's a gothic romance, filled with mad science, mysticism, and the supernatural.

In this illustrated lecture, Thomas will trace the grim, and yet unexpectedly uplifting story through pictures, video and audio excerpts from Cosel's bizarre journal of events. #morbidanatomy #necrophilia #love #death #voncosel #ronnithomas

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal @patreon: A Virtual, Highly Illustrated Tour of the Museum of Mexican Medicin...
01/28/2021

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal @patreon: A Virtual, Highly Illustrated Tour of the Museum of Mexican Medicine (Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina) in Mexico City, by our founder and creative director Joanna Ebenstein

https://www.patreon.com/posts/virtual-tour-of-46207923

The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Henri Pierre Picou, 19th Century.  #morbidanatomy #temptation #saintanthony #art #museu...
01/28/2021

The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Henri Pierre Picou, 19th Century.

#morbidanatomy #temptation #saintanthony #art #museum #henripierrepicou

Starting April 6th, join Morbid Anatomy's @laetitia.cartomancy for a month long journey through the Majors Arcanas of th...
01/28/2021

Starting April 6th, join Morbid Anatomy's @laetitia.cartomancy for a month long journey through the Majors Arcanas of the Tarot!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Death and Resurrection as Muse online course includes a complete symbolic overview of the 22 card set through the lense of art and history, mixed with creative assignments and daily journaling prompts. We'll go through alchemical allegories and apocalyptic landscapes, meet tricksters, angels and some demons. Ah and obviously there will be historical cards galore! Tickets are on the Classes section of www.morbidanatomy.org or directly via the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#morbidanatomy #tarot #tarotcards #tarotreading #tarotreadersofinstagram #antique #art #card #oracle #divination #cartomancy #cartomancer #death #museum #library #collection #deathandresurrectionasmuse #laetitia #laetitiacartomancy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This enigmatic image is from the @wellcomecollection

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal @patreon: a Videorecording of The Death and Resurrection Show: From Shaman to...
01/27/2021

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal @patreon: a Videorecording of The Death and Resurrection Show: From Shaman to Superstar, a Lecture with Dr Rogan Taylor, University of Liverpool.

To view, https://www.patreon.com/posts/46132392

In this talk, Dr Taylor traces the themes of his seminal 1985 book The Death and Resurrection Show, which traces the evolution of western show biz from its origins in the bizarre and spectacular performances of shamans -- the medicine men and women of nomadic tribes.

Beginning with the ancient religion of shamanism, he describes a shaman's descent into the role of magical doctor -- his descent into the Underworld, his sufferings, eventual death, dismemberment and resurrection. Reborn, he subsequently flies to meet the spirits of the upper world before finally returning to earth as a shaman with full power.

The author finds that every single trick and stunt, song and dance, so familiar to us on the popular stage has its taproots in the shaman's re-enactment of these strange adventures. When the white rabbit emerges from the conjurer's top hat this is the last act; we no longer see the first, when the rabbit is dropped and dismemembered.

He concludes that show business still operates therapeutically in a way very similar to that of the shaman's ritual magic. Modern show biz, it appears, is anchored in the Underworld experience -- in Hell itself.

Image: Native American Medicine man performing his mysteries over a dying man, George Catlin, 19th century

Back on popular demand! Starting this May, join us for Build a Toy Theatre: Come On and Make a Scene! A Live, 6 weeks On...
01/27/2021

Back on popular demand! Starting this May, join us for Build a Toy Theatre: Come On and Make a Scene! A Live, 6 weeks Online Zoom Class with Artist and Educator Alisa Sickora Kleckner (@scaredofmyshadowart)

Tickets and Infos via the link in our bio or directly through www.morbidanatomy.org

This six-week class, taught by artist and educator Alisa Sickora Kleckner, will throw wide the tiny doors to the expansive field of diminutive theatre. With roots as a Victorian children’s pastime, Toy Theatre has grown into a vibrant means of visual storytelling that, although it may shrink the scene, it provides a vast playground to explore our most precious tales.

Combining illustrated lectures and guided projects, students will have the opportunity to explore the breadth of miniature world-building from theory to practice.

Collectively, we will explore and discuss the history of toy theatre, how this ‘plaything’ has evolved into its own performative practice and how puppetry, in its many incarnations, can be scaled down to fit perfectly on any shelf.

We will also explore a range of fabrication techniques, the use of design principles as they relate to diminutive storytelling and discuss the philosophies behind why tiny things bring us great joy: miniatures, dollhouse culture, dioramas and the Nutshell Studies, oh my! Diminutive world-building is anything BUT fun-sized.
Image: Brothers Quay set for Street of Crocodiles

#morbidanatomy #toytheater #alisasickorakleckner

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal Patreon: A New Video Recording of Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of ...
01/26/2021

Today on the Morbid Anatomy Online Journal Patreon: A New Video Recording of Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Disease, an Illustrated Zoom Lecture by Dr James Kennaway

Watch it at https://www.patreon.com/posts/video-recording-46506934

More below. Hope you enjoy!

Despite most people believing music to have beneficial and even healing properties, Dr Kennaway's research shows a darker side to the art. For the last two hundred years many doctors, critics, and writers have suggested that certain kinds of music have the power to cause neurosis, madness, hysteria, and even death.

In this talk, Dr James Kennaway explores the claims: is it true that Wagner's compositions make listeners feel homosexual urges? Was Patty Hearst really brainwashed into robbing banks by loud rock music? And has the US Army really played Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' as a form of torture?

Dr James Kennaway is a medical historian at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, having previously worked at Oxford, Stanford, Durham and Vienna. He has written extensively on the relationship between medicine and culture, especially in regard to music. He is currently completing a book on race, surgery and empire.

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