The Beautiful Brain  

Thomas Deerick and Mark Ellisman, Cerebellar Purkinje Neurons, 2007 (Belkin)

The Beautiful Brain  

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC - Sep 5-Dec 3

by Robin Laurence

One of three complementary exhibitions on at the gallery, The Beautiful Brain features the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), known as the father of modern neuroscience. A Spanish pathologist, histologist and neuroscientist, he won a Nobel Prize in 1906 for his discovery of the existence and structure of neurons. Long before nerve cells could be visualized through electron microscopy, he created speculative drawings of them, brilliantly informed by both his scientific insights and his early training in art.

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