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Digital Resource of the Week: Paleo Art

Paleo Art, from the Smithsonian Institution, highlights beautiful illustrations used to explore and preserve natural specimens from the Paleontological period. This website demonstrates the importance of drawing to the field of paleobiology.

Ceratosaurusgil drawing from 1920
Ceratosaurusgil drawing from 1920

There are three sections to Paleo Art. Historical Art is the collection of illustrations. Working with fossils and other fragile specimens, detailed drawings of the specimens allow scientists and historians to review objects that cannot easily be handled or photographed. Illustrations depict everything from dinosaurs to shrimp. Illustration Care provides an overview of how the Smithsonian preserves and maintains these important documents. Illustration Techniques explains how to become a paleontological illustrator and why illustrations can be more useful to scientists than photographs.

If you are interested in fossils and skeletons, you can search the National Museum of Natural History’s Paleobiology Collections to see more. You can view nearly half a million specimens online! Visit the Smithsonian’s Department of Paleobiology for more information. Also check out the UArts Libraries for some great books on paleontology, fossils, and dinosaurs.

Digital Resource of the Week: Wellcome Collection

In honor of UArts alumni the Brothers Quay’s new documentary on the Mutter Museum, let’s take a look at another collection of oddities – The Wellcome Collection in London.

Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) was an inventive pharmacist who also collected items related to medicine and health. As well as establishing medical research centers, Sir Henry wanted his collections to available to professionals to help them learn more about the history of science and the development of modern medicine.

A piece of small intestine showing typhoid lesions
A piece of small intestine showing typhoid lesions

Now open to the public, The Wellcome Collection pairs Sir Henry’s collection with new acquisitions not only in the fields of medicine and biology, but also the arts. Wellcome Images has thousands of historical and contemporary images on various themes. The collection will lead you to more images and video as subject explorations, such as Science and Art and Genetics.

Interested in the fusion of art and science? Learn more at the UArts Libraries! Search the catalog for the subject heading Art and Science. Also discover the Mutter Museum and the Brothers Quay.

Two dissected heads by Gautier d'Agoty
Two dissected heads by Gautier d'Agoty