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Creepy 19th Century Anatomical Watercolors of Deformed and Diseased Skulls

The Bigelow-Wallis and Warren-Kaula watercolor collection is a set of 189 watercolor paintings commissioned by Harvard professor of surgery Henry Jacob Bigelow from lithographer Oscar Wallis between 1849 and 1854. There are a lot of weird and gross images in this collection worth checking out, but my favorites are the skulls – gorgeous, subtly colored and undeniably deformed and diseased. Check out the skull collection below, plus make sure to take a look at some of the other anatomical paintings that are a part of the exhibit.


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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.



  1. Daniel Salcedo

    June 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Lourdes Tamayo Cáceres, a ti que te interesan las osteopatías.

  2. Christopher Luu

    June 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Kurtis Gibson

  3. Mickey Spalding

    June 27, 2017 at 6:03 am

    John Stillings

  4. Dustin Turner

    June 27, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Sean Killingbeck

  5. Karol Nada

    June 27, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Decorar las paredes de casa con esto Chrs Schnabel

  6. Matthieu Girard

    June 27, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Jen Gnssn !

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