The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal
This traveling exhibition is the first major presentation of Spanish neuroscientist’s pioneering drawings of the brain and brain cells, and also features contemporary visualizations that illuminate the impact of Cajal’s early work on modern day neuroscience.
Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) made transformative discoveries of the anatomy of the brain and nervous system, work that led to his receiving a Nobel Prize in 1906. This founder of modern neuroscience was also an exceptional artist. His drawings of the brain were not only beautiful, but also astounding in their capacity to illustrate and understand the details of brain structure and function.
The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal includes approximately 80 of Cajal’s drawings, many rarely before seen in the U.S.
These historical works will be complemented by a contemporary exhibition of neuroscience visualizations that are leading to new insights, aided by technologies, many pioneered here at MIT, that allow increasingly more detailed and precise understandings.