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The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

MIT Museum to host a traveling exhibition of Cajal's original drawings alongside contemporary neuroscience visualizations from MIT labs.

Many of the cell types that Cajal described in structures such as the hippocampus (left) can now be labeled using modern genetic methods (right).

Opening May 3, 2018

Santiago Ramón y Cajal made transformative discoveries of the anatomy of the brain and nervous system, work that led to his receiving a Nobel Prize in 1906. This founder of modern neuroscience was also an exceptional artist. His drawings of the brain were not only beautiful, but also astounding in their capacity to illustrate and understand the details of brain structure and function.

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal at the MIT Museum is part of a traveling exhibit that will include approximately 80 of Cajal’s drawings, many rarely before seen in the U.S.

These historical works will be complimented by a contemporary exhibition of neuroscience visualizations that are leading to new insights, aided by technologies, many pioneered here at MIT’s McGovern Institute, that allow increasingly more detailed and precise understandings.

The exhibit is scheduled to open on May 3, 2018.


The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal was developed by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota with the CSIC’s Cajal Institute, Madrid, Spain.

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Major exhibition support provided by:

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Sustaining exhibition support provided by:

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Contributing exhibition support provided by:

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This exhibition is generously supported by the Associate Provost for the Arts, Philip Khoury. Additional support has been provided by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

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