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"Believe but your own eyes / Geloof alleen je eigen ogen". Frederik Ruysch (1638 - 1731), anatomist, champion of modern science

The Library of the Amsterdam University holds ""Believe but your own eyes/ Geloof alleen je eigen ogen". Frederik Ruysch (1638 - 1731), anatomist, champion of modern science"". The exhibition is associated with the publication of of Ruysch's biography by Luuc Kooijmans "De doodskunstenaar: de anatomische lessen van Frederik Ruysch".

The exhibition is dedicated to life and work of Amsterdam professor, anatomist, surgeon and city father Frederik Ruysch who turned anatomy and dissecting into art. "See for yourself" - was his motto. In other words: not to believe anything based on another's authority, without having seen it with one's own eyes. The motto in his guestbook was: "Vene, vidi et judical nil tuis crede oculis" (Come, see and judge, believe only your own eyes).

The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS provided three specimens from Frederik Ruysch's natural-scientific collection bought by Russian Imperator Peter I.