Forces of Form

The Vrolik Museum

Edited by Laurens de Rooy

Forces of Form

Edited by Laurens de Rooy

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

144 pages | 150 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2009
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9789056297244 Published December 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Established around the private collections of Gerardus Vrolik (1775–1859) and his son Willem (1801–63), the Vrolik Musuem in Amsterdam has since its founding in the nineteenth century been one of the most admired expositions of anatomy in all of Europe. Scientists and physicians from all over the world travel to gaze upon the five thousand specimens of human and animal anatomy, embryology, pathology, and congenital anomalies housed at the museum. 

Forces of Form
brings this collection back into the limelight, exploring the museum’s rich history and displaying in color illustrations 150 of the museum’s most fascinating specimens. 



Anatomy ornamented LUUC KOOIJMANS

The poet and the tsar

The pathologisation of dissection ANNET MOOIJ

Magic stones from the belly of an antelope

A cabinet departs LAUREN DE ROOY

Criminal heads

The foetus man LAUREN DE ROOY

A nerve-racking job for Lodewijk Bolk

Death keeps science alive ROELOF-JAN OOSTRA

Mangled by fashion

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