Morbid Anatomy

Morbid Anatomy Morbid Anatomy: Surveying the Interstices of Art and Medicine, Death and Culture

❄Snow day!❄....Death's Head Tete De Mort Fantaisie. #morbidanatomy #library #books #bookstagram #collection#death #skull...
12/03/2019

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Death's Head Tete De Mort Fantaisie.

#morbidanatomy #library #books #bookstagram #collection
#death #skull #mort #snow #winter

We are excited to feature this incredible serie of religious inspired jewelry created by our new favorite maker @nachojo...
12/02/2019

We are excited to feature this incredible serie of religious inspired jewelry created by our new favorite maker @nachojones out of silver catholic medals and other christian talismans!

Have a look! They are incredibly beautiful. You can find her all collection via our webstore: www.morbidanatomy.org

About the artist: Jennifer Jones studied at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and Polymnia di Moretti Laura in Cortona, Italy. She incorporates ancient techniques of fusing handmade chain, granulation and weaving with found objects, vintage photography and human ephemera like hair, bone and teeth. She lives in NYC and spends time in Rome, Sicily and Oaxaca.

#morbidanatomy #jewelry #nachojones #catholica #virgen #plata #beautifulthings

FREE today on our @patreon: Artist and professor Montse Morcate with her essay and photo documentary "Taxidermy as a Cul...
12/02/2019

FREE today on our @patreon: Artist and professor Montse Morcate with her essay and photo documentary "Taxidermy as a Cultural Object: Notes on Preservation, Death and Art," featuring Divya Anantharaman, Amber Maykutt, Kate Clark, TAXIDERMY by John Youngaitis, and more.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/31847279

Free talk by our good friend Michael Sappol at the School of Visual Arts tomororow night! Not to be missed!
12/02/2019
Me in 100 Anatomical Objects and Subjects

Free talk by our good friend Michael Sappol at the School of Visual Arts tomororow night! Not to be missed!

Join us for a lecture with Michael Sappol as part of SVA's Storyteller's Lecture Series hosted by MFA Visual Narrative and Library West.

This wonderful, darkly enigmatic image--The Virgin of the Dry Tree, by Petrus Christus--seems a perfect way to welcome t...
12/01/2019

This wonderful, darkly enigmatic image--The Virgin of the Dry Tree, by Petrus Christus--seems a perfect way to welcome the bleak cold of our New York winter which begins today, December 1, according to the Meteorological calendar. Find out more at this FREE post on our Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/posts/31994729

We are offering copies of The Anatomical Venus, signed by our founder @joannaebenstein on our webstore: www.morbidanatom...
12/01/2019

We are offering copies of The Anatomical Venus, signed by our founder @joannaebenstein on our webstore: www.morbidanatomy.org

Of all the artifacts from the history of medicine, the Anatomical Venus―with its heady mixture of beauty, eroticism and death―is the most seductive. These life-sized dissectible wax women reclining on moth-eaten velvet cushions―with glass eyes, strings of pearls, and golden tiaras crowning their real human hair―were created in eighteenth-century Florence as the centerpiece of the first truly public science museum. Conceived as a means to teach human anatomy, the Venus also tacitly communicated the relationship between the human body and a divinely created cosmos; between art and science, nature and mankind.

Today, she both intrigues and confounds, troubling our neat categorical divides between life and death, body and soul, effigy and pedagogy, entertainment and education, kitsch and art.
The first book of its kind, The Anatomical Venus, by Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein, features over 250 images―many never before published―gathered by its author from around the world. Its extensively researched text explores the Anatomical Venus within her historical and cultural context in order to reveal the shifting attitudes toward death and the body that today render such spectacles strange. It reflects on connections between death and wax, the tradition of life-sized simulacra and preserved beautiful women, the phenomenon of women in glass boxes in fairground displays, and ideas of the ecstatic, the sublime and the uncanny.
#anatomy #morbidanatomy #book #bookstagram #wax #venus #anatomicalvenus

La Femme Araignée ( The Spider Woman), Poster for Cirque Daniellis, Paris, 1937. #morbidanatomy #circus #femme #spider #...
11/30/2019

La Femme Araignée ( The Spider Woman), Poster for Cirque Daniellis, Paris, 1937.

#morbidanatomy #circus #femme #spider #woman #paris #art #poster

We still have copies our our last book Death: A Graveside Companion signed by editor @joannaebenstein and contributor @l...
11/30/2019

We still have copies our our last book Death: A Graveside Companion signed by editor @joannaebenstein and contributor @laetitia.cartomancy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#death #morbidanatomy #books #bookstagram #mementomori #vanitas

St Catherine of Siena. From the Book of Hours of Autun, c.1480-1490, Bibliothèque municipale, Autun, Burgundy, France. #...
11/29/2019

St Catherine of Siena. From the Book of Hours of Autun, c.1480-1490, Bibliothèque municipale, Autun, Burgundy, France.

#morbidanatomy #catherineofsiena #autun #demon #trampling #heart #religiousart #ars_sacra #books #rarebooks #art

💀Black Friday Sale💀Today, all the Morbid Anatomy merchandising will be 10% off from now to 12pm EST! Use the promocode S...
11/29/2019

💀Black Friday Sale💀Today, all the Morbid Anatomy merchandising will be 10% off from now to 12pm EST! Use the promocode SANSEVERO as you check out! This sale will cover all our prints, including the infamous Witches Cove and its dancing circle of cats, the Morbid Anatomy T-Shirts and the Morbid Anatomy totes!
Click link in profile, and select “shop”

#morbidanatomy #witchescove #sale #holidaysale #blackfriday #smallbusiness #womenownedbusiness #cats #catsofinstagram #death #🐱 #photo

🦃🍁 Happy Thanksgiving to you all!💅🍂#morbidanatomy #thanksgiving #fancyfullturkey #anthropomorphism #beauty #bird
11/28/2019

🦃🍁 Happy Thanksgiving to you all!💅🍂

#morbidanatomy #thanksgiving #fancyfullturkey #anthropomorphism #beauty #bird

Now on our Patreon: Video and photo essay on the 6th annual Santa Muerte (Saint or Holy Death) procession in Mérida, Mex...
11/27/2019

Now on our Patreon: Video and photo essay on the 6th annual Santa Muerte (Saint or Holy Death) procession in Mérida, Mexico, by our founder Joanna Ebenstein. Available with much, much more for our $5/mo membership!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/31613691

💀Black Friday Sale💀This friday, all the Morbid Anatomy merchandising will be 10% off from 12am to 12pm EST! Use the prom...
11/27/2019

💀Black Friday Sale💀This friday, all the Morbid Anatomy merchandising will be 10% off from 12am to 12pm EST! Use the promocode SANSEVERO as you check out! This sale will cover all our prints, including the infamous Witches Cove and its dancing circle of cats, the Morbid Anatomy T-Shirts and the Morbid Anatomy totes!

#morbidanatomy #witchescove #sale #holidaysale #blackfriday #smallbusiness #womenownedbusiness #cats #catsofinstagram #death #🐱

"Death sees two players playing at cards." A Colour lithograph by Edward Hull, part if his famous Dance of Death created...
11/27/2019

"Death sees two players playing at cards." A Colour lithograph by Edward Hull, part if his famous Dance of Death created in 1827.

The image illustrate this little text: "Death saw two players playing at cards, but the game was not worth a dump; for he quickly laid them flat with a spade, to wait for the final "trump."

This one is from the collection of the @wellcomecollection

#morbidanatomy #dance #death #totentanz #cardplayer #spade #sourlooser #fight #skeleton #anatomy

Stop using disposable plastic bags! Instead, what about choosing this delightful Mexican shopping bag with its elegant C...
11/26/2019

Stop using disposable plastic bags! Instead, what about choosing this delightful Mexican shopping bag with its elegant Catrina? You can find it on our webstore www.morbidanatomy.org

La Catrina, an icon of Mexican culture, was created by the artist José Guadalupe Posada in a legendary etching from around 1910. It was intended as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era.

#morbidanatomy #lacatrina
#mexico #icon #posada #vanity #bag #death

11/26/2019

A couple is being spooked in their Parlor by the ghost of a woman.

Stereoscopic View from the 19th Century.

#morbidanatomy #death #ghost #stereoscopicphotography #gif #spook #👻

Tonight, join @laetitia.cartomancy, our programming director and head librarian, for weekly tarot reading sessions at Br...
11/26/2019

Tonight, join @laetitia.cartomancy, our programming director and head librarian, for weekly tarot reading sessions at Brooklyn @halyardsthebar from 6pm to 9pm.
An experienced tarot reader, Laetitia is a firm believer in the empowering nature of the Tarot as a visual tool to help us bring clarity to the complexity of life, providing information and insights on decisions we’re facing, or shining a light on options that we might not have considered.

Readings will be $20 for 10 minutes. Hope to see you there!

For inquiries : [email protected]

Halyards, 406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215. #tarot

Image: Two of Cups from a Grand Etteilla deck, late 19th Century.
#tarot #tarotcards #tarotreading #tarotreadersofinstagram #antique #art #card #oracle #divination #cartomancy #cartomancer #museum #library #collection

“Death and the Lady"- In 1906 The Journal of the English Folk Song Society published a piece on the old English ballad “...
11/25/2019

“Death and the Lady"- In 1906 The Journal of the English Folk Song Society published a piece on the old English ballad “Death and the Lady.” Some enterprising female entertainer encountered the article and realized the story might be used as a great vaudeville piece about the evils of card play and alcohol. Touring performers were always searching for material that would play well in the sticks. The city folks would enjoy the Grand Guignol staging, the traditional song, and the vocal technique. Here Joseph Hall, the Brooklyn born photographer who had made a career on baseball pictures and theatrical production stills, captured the sequence of the action, providing a peculiarly detailed & rare view of the progress of a single vaudeville performance.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#morbidanatomy #vaudeville #theater #vice #sin #moraltales #lady #death #macabre

Today on our Patreon: Our good friend Evan Michelson with a sensitive, beautifully illustrated mediation on Hanal Pixan,...
11/25/2019

Today on our Patreon: Our good friend Evan Michelson with a sensitive, beautifully illustrated mediation on Hanal Pixan, special Mayan Day of the Dead rites which we were honored to witness on our recent Borderline Projects trip to Mexico. Read it now, along with *many* other pieces, with a basic $5/mo membership!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/31653640

Morbid Anatomy is thrilled to offer some exclusive photographs by @mothmeister as prints on our webstore: www.morbidanat...
11/25/2019

Morbid Anatomy is thrilled to offer some exclusive photographs by @mothmeister as prints on our webstore: www.morbidanatomy.org⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Each photos are drawn from their photo serie “Post-Mortem Fairy Tales Series” and were created exclusively for Morbid Anatomy. Each high end fine art Hahnemühle print are signed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Through their eerie, imaginary Post-Mortem Fairy Tales they portray a series of masked, grotesque and often religiously inspired characters accompanied by taxidermy animals. Similar to the Victorian era when dead dear loved ones were photographed as a memento mori for the relatives, Mothmeister immortalizes animals in a weird and wonderful world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#morbidanatomy #mementomori #photography #mothmeister

Easter Cross made with white wax passion flowers and roses on white marble base. c. 1870s.From the collection of John Wh...
11/25/2019

Easter Cross made with white wax passion flowers and roses on white marble base. c. 1870s.

From the collection of John Whitenight, author of Under Glass: A Victorian Obsession, Schiffer Publishing, 2013.

#victoriana #morbidanatomy #cross #dome #victorian #wax #waxflowers #easter #eastercross

We still have some copies from our last batch of Morbid Anatomy Anthology signed by co-editor @joannaebenstein! After th...
11/24/2019

We still have some copies from our last batch of Morbid Anatomy Anthology signed by co-editor @joannaebenstein! After these books sale, the Anthology will be officially out of print and probably hard to find. You can find them on our webstore at link in profile, or www.morbidanatomy.org

The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, our first publication— was edited by Joanna Ebenstein, Morbid Anatomy creator, and Colin Dickey, author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius. The 491 page, lavishly illustrated, hardbound and full color book features 28 essays based on some of the most memorable lectures hosted by Morbid Anatomy between 2008 and 2014.

Included are essays by Evan Michelson (star of Science Channel’s hit show "Oddities") on the catacombs of Palermo, Simon Chaplin (Wellcome Collection Head of Culture and Society) on public displays of corpses in Georgian England, New York Times bestselling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty on demonic children, and Paul Koudounaris (author of "Empire of Death") on a truck stop populated with human skulls.
In addition are pieces on books bound in human skin, fin de siècle death-themed Parisian cafes, post-mortem photography, eroticized anatomical wax models, human and animal taxidermy, Santa Muerte, “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, and much more.
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#book #death #morbidanatomy #books #bookstagram

Water Lily, from JJ Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animées' (The Flower Personified), 1847. #morbidanatomy #flower #nature #il...
11/24/2019

Water Lily, from JJ Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animées' (The Flower Personified), 1847.

#morbidanatomy #flower #nature #illustration #anthropomorphism #plants #botany #entomology #insect #nun #grandville

We brought back this handsome King of the Dead from Mexico, you can find him on our webstore for sale: www.morbidanatomy...
11/23/2019

We brought back this handsome King of the Dead from Mexico, you can find him on our webstore for sale: www.morbidanatomy.org

This paper mache Skeleton King sculpture is a traditional Mexican toy created to celebrate Deay of the Dead. He’s wearing a golden crowd and a matching golden teeth! His neck is made out of a metal spring, allowing it to gently moves.

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos, Día de los Difuntos or Día de Muertos in Spanish) is a traditional holiday in Mexico and many South American countries. Based on a syncretization of ancient pre-Hispanic and Christian beliefs, this celebration of the memory of deceased ancestors is celebrated from dusk on October 31st through November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls' Day).

#morbidanatomy #todesking
#kingofdeath #skeleton #death #dayofthedead #mexico #toy

Saint Agatha by Gerino Gerini,1520. From the San Paolo Chapel in Pistoia, Italy.#morbidanatomy #saint #saints #breast #s...
11/23/2019

Saint Agatha by Gerino Gerini,1520.
From the San Paolo Chapel in Pistoia, Italy.

#morbidanatomy #saint #saints #breast #sacredbody #martyr #woman #italy #sacredart

Happy Caturday! Just a reminder that we still have some of these amazing Walter Potter Kitten Tea Party photo print take...
11/23/2019

Happy Caturday! Just a reminder that we still have some of these amazing Walter Potter Kitten Tea Party photo print taked by our founder @joannaebenstein on our webstore: www.morbidanaromy.org!
The Kittens’ Tea & Croquet Party is an anthropomorphic taxidermy tableau by Walter Potter, late 19th Century.
Walter Potter was a self-taught Victorian country taxidermist of no great skill who created quirky tableaux peopled by tea-drinking kittens, arithmetic-doing rabbits and gambling rats.

#taxidermy
#catsofinstagram #walterpotter #🐱

A new FREE post on our @Patreon: Sublimi Anatomie: A New Exhibition Exploring Art and Anatomy Exhibition at Palazzo dell...
11/22/2019

A new FREE post on our @Patreon: Sublimi Anatomie: A New Exhibition Exploring Art and Anatomy Exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Images by Photo Monkeys Video Lab https://www.patreon.com/posts/31491415

Mater Dolorosa (Mary as mother of sorrows), 1499, originally painted for high altar of Hamburg Cathedral.#morbidanatomy ...
11/22/2019

Mater Dolorosa (Mary as mother of sorrows), 1499, originally painted for high altar of Hamburg Cathedral.

#morbidanatomy #materdolorosa #noir #sword #ourladyofsorrows #arssacra

A flock of Diablitos has invaded our webstore and is now available for sale on www.morbidanatomy.org!Devils, or Diablito...
11/21/2019

A flock of Diablitos has invaded our webstore and is now available for sale on www.morbidanatomy.org!

Devils, or Diablitos, are iconic characters in Mexican Folklore. Red skinned and cloven hoofed, their image can often be found in folk art and carnivals around the country. They are considered tricksters and master of mischief.

You'll also find so many new other products, new miniature paintings by the ever wonderful @alternate_empire , zines by @newoldtraditions and some incredible books by the @burnsarchive.

#morbidanatomy #holidays #devil #womenownedbusiness #smallbusiness #handmade

If you visit the 8th Division of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, you might stumble upon the incredible tomb of Etienne ...
11/21/2019

If you visit the 8th Division of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, you might stumble upon the incredible tomb of Etienne Gaspard Robert. Better known by his stage name - Etienne Robertson- he was a, physicienBelgian stage magician and early exploiter of "Phantasmagoria", the magic lantern ghost shows. His funerary monument, a giant stone sarcophagus posed on four bat-winged skulls, evokes the macabre spectacle that made him famous. On this panel, you'll be able to appreciate the ghouls that he brought to life through the lantern, as well as the terrified audience attending to his show. Have you ever find it? It's one of our favorite.

This great photo was snapped by our friend @allisoncmeier, Cemetery tour-guide extraordinaire.

#morbidanatomy #cemetery #perelachaise #robertson #phantasmagoria #death #spectacle #cemetery #allisoncmeier

11/21/2019

Our little friend can't stay still! Obviously he is pretty excited to participate to the next @odditiesfleamarket at @villainstagram! And SO ARE WE! Have you got your tickets yet? It's on December 7th and 8th! We are so thrilled to be vending at this unique event curated by @ryanmatthewcohn! @joannaebenstein and @laetitia.cartomancy will be vending magical objects and and devilish Folk Art from Mexico and Bolivia, harvested during their last travels, all our publications from our Death book to the Anatomical Venus, Morbid Anatomy totes antique curiosities! We'll be sharing the floor with so many incredible artists, dealers and makers. It's such a fun event that Krampus himself came the past few years!

See you all there!

#morbidanatomy #holidayseason #holidaymarket #brooklyn #odditiesfleamarket #smallbusiness #handmade #folkart #womenownedbusiness

Unidentified theatre decor sketch, gouache, taken from the Opera library and museum's collection (19th century). => http...
11/20/2019

Unidentified theatre decor sketch, gouache, taken from the Opera library and museum's collection (19th century). => https://c.bnf.fr/Eya

Repost from @gallicabnf

#Gallica #BnF #bibliothèque #library #librariesofinstagram #illustration #dessin #drawing #opera #theatre #theater #decor #chat #cat #catsofinstagram #monstre #monster

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