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September 14, 2006

Danse Macabre

The Darkness of Ruysch
Series of works based on the famous anatomical collections of Frederik Ruysch. Anatomical collections suspend life forms in death as embalmed artefacts. Ruysch dressed specimens in period costumes made by his daughter. The recurrence of embryos and foetuses in the collection echo our fears of the complexity and fragility of the human being in development.


Child's Head with Turkish Cap, attributed to Frederik Ruysch.
Photo, Rosamond Purcell

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