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Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Vicktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, Mare Street, London

Tell me there are shrunken heads, skeletons, gold pigs snouts and well I am there as soon as my legs can carry me. Vicktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors,  is located in Mare Street, London – East London to be exact. With items ranging from £2 to £30,000 there is something for all budgets. Highly recommended.

Vicktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, Mare Street, London

Vicktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, Mare Street, London

Vicktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, Mare Street, London

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Shipwrecks, skeletons and science – the life of Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius

For those of you with a taste for all things anatomical there can be no better start than Andreas Vesalius’ 1543 De humani corporis fabrica (On the Workings of the Human Body).
This was a revolutionary book on publication – Versalius strove to put anatomy at the forefront of science, rejected conceived wisdom and mumbo jumbo relating to cosmology and the work of his peers – made largely from animal dissection.
De Corporis Fabrica Andreas Vesalius
What I love about this book are the illustrations – they stand out not only for their scientific value but for their splendor and beauty of execution. They are represented not as slabs of muscle, bone and connective tissue but in realistic settings. Skelton’s are shown in classical poses, standing, posing in grand landscapes or even contemplating mortality. The drawings are now attributed to Titian’s pupil Jan Stephen van Calcar.
De Corporis Fabrica Andreas Vesalius
Vesalius came to somewhat of a tragic end – on a pilgramage to the Holy land he was sailing on the Ionian Sea, and was wrecked on the island of Zakynthos. Here he soon died in such debt that, if a benefactor had not paid for a funeral, his remains would have been thrown to the animals. At the time of his death he was scarcely fifty years of age.
De Corporis Fabrica Andreas Vesalius

Frontplate of De Corporis Fabrica, Vesalius

Skeletons, skulls and Franciscan monks

Lurking under the San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru is one of the finest collections of skulls and bones to be found!

Skulls, San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

Skulls in a pit at the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs, Lima

Originally constructed in 1546, it is one of the oldest churches in South America. It also served as the first official Catholic cemetery in Lima, at a time when the dead were laid to rest in catacombs beneath the church. The process for the bodies brought down to the catacombs was roughly to lie the fresh bodies in troughs of lime – to isolate the bones and then move the bones to larger storage areas – ordered on size.

It’s a great place to visit – with a tour guide and no photos allowed (something I choose to disregard!). There is much that still hasn’t been excavated, but what is there is well worth a visit.

Chamber in the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs, Lima

Pit of bones, San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

Pit of bones, San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

Skeleton tiles

skeleton tiles museo san francisco lima peru

skeleton tiles on the wall of the Museo San Francisco, Lim, Peru