Sep 19th 2018

Are you interested in spending more time with our collections and artifacts? Consider joining us for a three-hour long art program at the Museum!

About the Event:
Draw the Collections is intended for artists of all levels. This workshop concentrates on the fundamentals of still life drawing, anatomy, and medical history. Demonstrations will also be included in the program.

Art supplies are provided by the Museum:
*Charcoal pencils (hard, medium and soft)
*Kneaded Eraser
*Exacto knives
*Additional drawing materials are welcome, but no paint.

Our Still Life program features objects pulled from the collections for students to draw from. The program educator will assist in all aspects of drawing and sketching still life. Chairs, tables and easels will be provided. This program is led by local Chicago artist, Shannon Marie Fox.

About the Collections:
Medical artifacts, apparatus and instruments comprise the bulk of the material in the Museum’s collections. Over 7,000 medical artifacts spanning centuries of worldwide medical history, from acupuncture to X-ray therapy, are represented in the collections.

Among the exceptional artifacts are an Austrian amputation saw with reversible blade (c. 1500); original X-rays taken by radiology pioneer Emil Grubbé (c. 1910); the Lindbergh perfusion pump, which enabled doctors to keep organs functioning outside the body, invented by the renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh and Nobel Prize-winning surgeon Alexis Carrel (1935); and a unique collection of trephined skulls from ancient Peru.

Fine art is featured in the collections through over 600 paintings, prints and sculptures, primarily portraits of individuals and historical depictions of specific procedures or events. Highlights include a portrait of Dr. Edward Jenner by John Russell (1790), and a plaster cast made from the death mask of Napoleon (1821). Significant artworks were commissioned by the Museum for the collection in 1950-53 including the Hall of Immortals and Hall of Murals. The Italian painter Gregorio Calvi di Bergolo (1904-1994) was commissioned in 1953 to paint 12 mural panels in oils for this room to illustrate the development of surgery throughout the ages. The Museum’s Hall of Immortal statues are attributed to sculptors Louis Linck and Édouard Chassaing.

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