The Quivering Brain [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | July 16, 2010 7:29 am

Vesalius brain tattoo440Kristin writes,
“This is a rendition of Andreas Vesalius’ ‘The Quivering Brain.’ I admired many of his anatomy studies in art school, as I spent fifteen years as a painter, but I was always a little more interested in science than art. I even considered a career as a medical illustrator at one point.

Using science as artistic reference and researching for a painting was my favorite part of painting. Actually, it was the only thing I really enjoyed. It took me many years to realize this. I got this tattoo right before going back to school to study neuroscience. It couldn’t be more perfect.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Molly

    I have two Vesalius tattoos myself. Sweet! What a great tribute to the master of anatomy. We owe our knowledge of self to him.

  2. Kelly

    Hi, I’m researching a documentary on Vesalius and I am looking for people with Vesalius inspired tattoos. Please e-mail me at if you have one. Thanks


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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