New Tshirt Design: Frederik Ruysch Tableau

Pioneering Dutch botanist, surgeon, and obstetrician Frederik Ruysch built dozens of anatomical displays using genuine specimens, designed to aid both professional and lay persons in anatomy and nature. He used preserved tissues, bones and plants to adorn both jars of wet-preserved specimens and articulated skeletons. These dioramic displays presented tableaus that conveyed a message, a memento mori for the living, using the very substances of death. Rather than gruesome, his works used delicate and poetic means to relay this stern message.

This tshirt print represents one of his most famous tableaus, constructed of human fetal skeletons and the various tissues gathered from his obstetric practice for the royal dutch family. Printed in white plastisol ink on quality CANVAS brand tshirts.

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