I love antique anatomical drawings of the brain. I even have a couple in my office that I should probably take a picture of to show off to you guys. These illustrations from Japan are particularly interesting. According to Pink Tentacle:
The Kaibo Zonshinzu anatomy scrolls, painted in 1819 by Kyoto-area physician Yasukazu Minagaki (1784-1825), consist of beautifully realistic, if not gruesome, depictions of scientific human dissection.
Unlike European anatomical drawings of the time, which tended to depict the corpse as a living thing devoid of pain (and often in some sort of Greek pose), these realistic illustrations show blood and other fluids leaking from subjects with ghastly facial expressions.
Those are beautiful (if, yes, gruesome)!
Did you see the NYTimes story on the stereoscopic body atlas? If you like these prints, you might like those slides.
Gorgeous ink washes. That's tremedously smooth gradation on the face. Difficult to do.
This would be hard to leave hanging on a wall though.
The blood dripping out of the dead guy's mouth is kewl.
The drawings are really cool, but the thought of the artist having an oozing, half-dissected head on the table is not quite as cool. ;)
That this spambot thought the chick-sexing thread was porn was to be expected, but that it picked out this title is hilarious