Dr. Willem Mulder. “Frederik Ruysch – a phenomena”.


On May, 17th, 2012, a regular session of the seminar titled “Scientia Kunstkameras” took place in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS. Dr. Willem Mulder, a specialist in the 17th-18th-century medicine from the Netherlands, read his paper titled “Frederik Ruysch – a phenomena”.

Mulder’s passionate interest in the work of Frederik Ruisch, who was one of the most famous Dutch anatomists, was aroused by Dr. A.M. Luyendijk–Elshout, Mulder’s teacher and mentor. For many years they worked together in the Medical Department of Leiden University. While Dr. Luyendijk in her publications aspired to show the importance of Ryusch’s activities to the world, Willem Mulder is doing his best to help preserve the heritage of the outstanding anatomist. That is why, he is a frequent guest in St. Petersburg. This was his sixth visit to the Kunstkamera, which possess the world’s largest collection of preparations made by Ryusch. Mulder helps our specialists in the preservation and restoration of these preparations. During his last visit, Willem Mulder presented a magnificent gift to the Kunstkamera – a portrait of Frederik Ryusch (a print in the mezzo-tinto technique) made by Jurriaen Pool, the anatomist’s son-in-law, in 1702. Some years ago, Mulder received this print as a present from his teacher, Dr. Luyendijk.

We want to thank our friend Dr. Willem Mulder from the bottom of our hearts. We really appreciate this present and his continuous participation in the work aimed at the preservation of our anatomical collections.