June 6, 2009

ramon y cajal: retinal cell drawings

santiago ramon y cajal (1852 - 1934)
nobel laureate: spanish histologist, physician, pathologist
'his skills as an artist allowed him to make hundreds of drawings so beautiful and lucid that many of them are still used for educational purposes today'











retinal cell drawings
images via Morbid Anatomy: Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934)







7 comments:

Mark Catesby said...

without this there would be no minimalism

the viewer said...

appreciate your perspective on it, given your considerable body of work, but am not clear on your point. without R y C's work on the retina? without these specific drawings? without scientific illustration in general? can you be a bit more...specific?

Niceratus said...

phenomenal perception of some type is necessary for psychological perception

so I'm talking about the brain itself

is that putting Descartes before the horse or just caving in to Socrates?

oldmetalhead said...

phenomenal perception of some type is necessary for psychological perception
clearly, some equipment is necessary for the experience of 'minimalism' [undefined]. perception necessarily precedes emotional experience and response as a camera precedes a photograph.

is that putting Descartes before the horse or just caving in to Socrates?
descartes would eschew this dialogue, telling us we don't need the camera OR the photograph, only the thought. socrates' reliance on a divine [art] originator followed by a chain of [art] messengers fits our conversation better: for socrates, the viewer is simply the current messenger, charged with delivering 'minimalism' to the world!

i look to ad reinhardt for a more contemporary position: 'art is art. everything else is everything else.' puts things into perspective for me.

wasily k said...

this may address the cave allegory better:
'I think of my paintings as realism, not as abstraction, but as being real, because my aesthetic is involved with real surfaces of the paint plane, or the relationship to the wall, of real light, not illusion. You see, I don't use illusion and I don't use symbolism.
Robert Ryman

check it out

JE Holbrook said...

"what you see is what you see"
Frank Stella

See?

the viewer said...

we can count on frank stella to keep the exposition minimal!