Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

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From a much larger collection of anatomical literature and drawings at Heidelberg University comes this surprisingly beautiful illustration by Elisa Schorn.

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It was Schorn's use of color, and her organizational decisions, in the images below that originally caught our eye. Even though the drawings were produced around the turn of the 20th century, Schorn's palette and aesthetic strikes us as rather modern. The illustrations of the brain, the maxillary artery and the lateral view of the neck, pictured below, are particularly noteworthy in this regard:

Illustration for article titled Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?
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Illustration for article titled Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?
Illustration for article titled Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

We've included a few more of our favorite examples below, but you can check out Heidelberg University's full collection of Schorn's and others' work here.

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[Heidelberg University via Scientific Illustration]

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I love these sort of things! The human body is fascinating and gorgeous.

I have a couple of faux-colored CT/X-ray images of a human skull with the skin lifted off. I think they're pretty fab, but unfortunately the SO doesn't. Once we moved in, he made me keep them in the garage >.<