- International Ruysch-researchgroup
Peter the Great Museum for
Anthropology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences, the Kunstkamera, Saint Petersburg (MAE RAS,
Kunstkamera) and the
University of Amsterdam
- Technical realisation
Digital Production Centrum,
Library of the University of Amsterdam.
- Financial support
Wilhelmina E. Jansen fonds (main sponsor),
Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds,
Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch
and the Kattendyke/Drucker Stichting.
MAE RAS, Kunstkamera was supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy Moscow.
Copyright & Permissions
If not noted otherwise all illustrations on this site originate from the Library of the
University of Amsterdam and the Peter the Great Museum for Anthropology and
Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kunstkamera, Saint Petersburg. Concerning all other illustrations, we
tried to find and inform the copyrightowners. If you think, in spite of this, a certain
creditline is not correct, or not complete, please contact us.
This Online exhibition is designed for private study, scholarship, and research. The
Kunstkamera and the Library of the University of Amsterdam do not charge access or
permission fees for use of material found in the online exhibition. We do request, however,
that images include the relevant credit line 'MAE RAS Kunstkamera, Saint Petersburg' or 'Library of the
University of Amsterdam'.
Anyone wishing to reproduce or publish, other than for private study, scholarship, and
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Write to museum/at/kunstkamera/dot/ru, or to ub-baliebc/at/uva/dot/nl.
Background information on the research program
Ruysch Thesauri Anatomici are the basis of the research of the international Ruysch
Reserachgroup, of which Anna B. Radzyun is the projectleader in Petersburg en Jozien J.
Driessen van het Reve in Amsterdam.
In Petersburg 916 Anatomical preparations of Ruysch are preserved. In Amsterdam in the
Thesauri Anatomici where Ruysch described all of his 1.515 preparations are preserved. The
researchgroup aims for reunifying all still existing 916 preparations with their original
descriptions by Ruysch. We present on this site succesfull unifications . An arthistorical
database Bert van de Roemer prepared for a publication was of great use to search the 1.515
specimens described by Ruysch.
The international researchgroup in Amsterdam and Petersburg reunites preparations with their
often elaborate descriptions. The results, - descriptions and photografs of these
preparations are presented as a virtual museum, a webexhibition, to be found on two internet
adresses, on the site of the MAE RAS, Kunstkamera, and on the site of the Library of the
University of Amsterdam.
For further information or comments on this online exhibition, please contact
Participants of the international Ruysch-research group
Supervisors of the research are:
- MAE RAS Kunstkamera: Prof. Dr. Y. K. Chistov, director of MAE RAS,
Kunstkamera, inspected all the major anatomical collections in the Netherlands with
Dr. A.B. Radzyun.
- UvA: Prof. Dr. W. den Boer, researched in conceptual
history in comparative European perspective, specialized on the vocabulary and the
history of Dutch key concepts of the Radical Enlightenment and atheism.
- Drs. Ing. R. Brandsma, specialized in digital access ability, search
ability and presentation of historical material on the World Wide Web, will realize
the publication of the results of the research and the source materials on sites of
the Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg and of the Library of the Universiteit van
- Dr. A. B. Radzjoen, coordinator of the project, member of an international
working group of curators of anatomical specimens, published on medical history, and
especially on the history of the Ruysch collection, will determine and analyze the
- Dr. J. J. Driessen van het Reve, coordinator of the project for the Dutch
side, published on the history of the Ruysch-collection and the early history of
the Kunstkamera, together with Anna Radzyun re-establishes the
relation between Ruysch' descriptions and the actual specimens. She is the curator
of the virtual museum.
- Prof. Dr. O. P. Bleker, prof emeritus gynaecology of University of
Amsterdam, published on Dutch 18th century medical history, identifise specimen and
descriptions, investigates the medical relevance of Ruysch' achievements in the
wider context of the history of medical sciences.
- Dhr. W. Mulder, curator emeritus of the University Museum Utrecht, member
of the board of an international working group of curators of anatomical specimens,
published on medical history, and especially on the history of the Ruysch
collection, expert on conservation of anatomical specimen, matches specimen and
- Dr. G. M. van de Roemer, published on the history of 17th century
collections in Amsterdam. Studies the relation between the cognitive and aesthetic
rationales of the collection of Frederik Ruysch. His database gives short
qualifications of the preparations described in the original thesauri of
- Dr. Luuc Kooijmans, author of the standard biography of Frederik Ruysch, De
Doodskunstenaar, 2004 also available in a Russian and an English translation
and a awardwinning study on another major Dutch scientist, Jan Swammerdam.
Gevaarlijke kennis, inzicht en angst in de dagen van Jan Swammerdam,