Curiosity and the Importance of Images

Well, I am in love.

I stumbled upon a description of a new batch of images released by the Wellcome Collection in the UK.

Engravings and colored illustrations from old books continue to fascinate me.

And today, taking a look at medical and botanical images from as early as the 14th century, I am reminded of the importance of our curiosity throughout human history.

Illustration and drawing are ways of observing closely, ways of wondering about the world. And they are a way of communicating how we see.

When I look at these images from centuries ago, I connect with these humans’ wonder and fascination and desire to understand and appreciate the world around us.

What images will we leave behind?

Images from the Wellcome Collection used under a Creative Commons Attribution Only license.

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