“The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory.”

Art of Quotation

“The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory.”

–Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish, scientist, pathologist, neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate


Santiago Ramón y Cajal posing for Agustín Querol. Madrid, 1906


At the crossroads of art and science,Beautiful Brain  presents Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s contributions to neuroscience through his groundbreaking artistic brain imagery.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) was the father of modern neuroscience and an exceptional artist. He devoted his life to the anatomy of the brain, the body’s most complex and mysterious organ. His superhuman feats of visualization, based on fanatically precise techniques and countless hours at the microscope, resulted in some of the most remarkable illustrations in the history of science. Beautiful Brain presents a selection of his exquisite drawings of brain cells, brain regions, and neural circuits with accessible descriptive commentary.

These drawings are…

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