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Arts & Dialogue: The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

March 29, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s drawings of the brain are both aesthetically astonishing and scientifically significant. The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the first museum exhibition to present these amazing works within their historical context. Scientists throughout the world know Cajal (1852–1934) as the father of the study of the structure and function of the brain—i.e. modern neuroscience. One of his most important discoveries was that individual cells called neurons make up the brain (most late-19th century scientists believed that the brain was a continuous, interconnected network). All research on the brain and brain-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are based on Cajal’s concept of the structure of the brain. In his research, Cajal produced more than 3,000 drawings of the brain, and these detailed studies are as relevant today as they were a century ago. Their clarity and ability to express fundamental concepts about the brain have never been equaled. Learn more about The Beautiful Brain here. Join us for lunch and a guided tour. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 am in the “Art And” Gallery. Guided tour begins at Noon.


March 29, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3400 United States
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