Preparations and descriptions united after 300 years
For 300 years the world-famous Ruysch preparations have been preserved in Saint
Petersburg. But do we actually know which specimens are being preserved there?
As the original descriptions made by Ruysch himself are kept in Amsterdam, we
simply started matching descriptions with specimens. Join us to discover additional
matching pairs. Ruysch' descriptions are available here. Photographs of his
specimens, in Saint Petersburg. Here you can view a sample of succesfull matches.
Frederik Ruysch was able to prepare a dead eight-year-old boy such that the child appeared
to be sleeping. Many tried to copy his art, but he kept his recipe secret.
Of the preparations that Frederik Ruysch sold to Tsar Peter the Great 916, are still intact.
They have recently been photographed from different angles. On this website a small foretaste.
Frederik Ruysch published twelve handy guidebooks to his specimen collection, one for each
Cabinet or Thesaurus. His descriptions are digitally searchable here.