Saturday, September 24, 2005

Medical Science Portrait Engravings

Philip Theophrastus Paracelcus (1493-1541) by John Payne (artist) & John Fillian (engraver)

Franz Antoine Mesmer (1734-1815) by Dupin Le jeune (engraver) & Claude-Louis Desrais (painter)

The only way to circulate pictures of famous people prior to photography was to have their portraits engraved. Most were completed with reference to oil paintings or sketches. The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University School of Medicine have a HUGE database of portrait engravings. Most subjects are from the medical and science fields but they also have statesmen, lawyers, theologians, philosophers and more. Search by artist/subject/academic area/title/keyword, with and without thumb displays. [inadvertently via]

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