Behind the glass
The hallmark of the St. Petersburg Kunstkamera or cabinet of curiosities (Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography) is considered to be the collection of the Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch. He became famous for his skill in preserving the corpses of accidents of nature and then selling them to the Russian Tsar Peter the Great. According to one legend, Peter had not the slightest aversion to the „babes behind glass”. Once, when he saw that one of them was smiling as if still alive, the Tsar could not resist taking it out of its jar and kissing it on the tummy.

72" x 40" x 0.7" | acrylic, oil on canvas
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