Via Morbid Anatomy (which is a really great blog!), check out this neat online exhibition: Making Visible Embryos. It’s an exploration of the many efforts, throughout history, to create visual representations of embryos and fetuses.
Some people — like Emily, I imagine — may find some of the images gross, but I’m sure I’m not the only to find them interesting, and some are quite beautiful. The exhibition chronicles depictions of the unborn from the 1500s to now, documenting five hundred years of evolving scientific and religious understandings of embryos and fetuses. It also includes a lot of information, which explains and contextualizes the images. You can click on any picture to see a large version and read details about the work.
As far as I can tell, Making Visible Embryos is a truly instructional (and artistic) work, not making judgments one way or the other regarding the status and treatment of embryos, and appropriately so. Highly recommended.
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