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Malformation Collection

"Exploring the Complexities of Malformation: From Bunions to Bosch's Tapestry" This captivating collection delves into the intricate world of malformation

Background imageMalformation Collection: Bunions, X-ray

Bunions, X-ray
Bunions. Coloured X-ray of an elderly womans deformed inward-turning toes due to bunions (orange, lower centre). This deformity (hallux valgus) is caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes

Background imageMalformation Collection: Tale (The hunchback), 1868 (engraving)

Tale (The hunchback), 1868 (engraving)
DUV4217374 Tale (The hunchback), 1868 (engraving); (add.info.: Engraving by Francois Pannemaker (1822-1900) in " Le premier livre des petits enfants" Full alphabet illustrative by Theophile

Background imageMalformation Collection: engraving of the book of Ambroise Pare: Des Monsters et Prodiges (first edition 1573)

engraving of the book of Ambroise Pare: Des Monsters et Prodiges (first edition 1573)
PCT4260992 engraving of the book of Ambroise Pare: Des Monsters et Prodiges (first edition 1573, appendix: Monsters marine) - Triton et Sirene du Nile; (add.info)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Marriage of dwarves at the Court of Peter the Great (Peter I of Russia, 1672-1725)

Marriage of dwarves at the Court of Peter the Great (Peter I of Russia, 1672-1725)
NWI4946198 Marriage of dwarves at the Court of Peter the Great (Peter I of Russia, 1672-1725). Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Enfant de Physis - engraving of 1823 in ' Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel' by Francois Rabelais

Enfant de Physis - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)
JEB4935012 Enfant de Physis - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) - (The Capricious Dreams of Pantagruel)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
VEN5029553 Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
VEN5029539 Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
VEN5029520 Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Representation of monstrous twins connected by the belly. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of

Representation of monstrous twins connected by the belly. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by
VEN5029343 Representation of monstrous twins connected by the belly. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) on human monsters, Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds

Background imageMalformation Collection: Different types of monstrous creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by

Different types of monstrous creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi
VEN5029272 Different types of monstrous creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creatures mi man, mi animal. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by

Monster creatures mi man, mi animal. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi
VEN5029229 Monster creatures mi man, mi animal. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Aosta, Italy, Portrait of a mountain idiot doing the quete and nicknamed the gentleman of Aosta

Aosta, Italy, Portrait of a mountain idiot doing the quete and nicknamed the gentleman of Aosta, 1863
LUX4731974 Aosta, Italy, Portrait of a mountain idiot doing the quete and nicknamed the gentleman of Aosta, 1863; (add.info.: Aosta, Italy)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Rouen, Seine-Maritime (76), Haute-Normandie, France, A young woman and her dwarf little daughter

Rouen, Seine-Maritime (76), Haute-Normandie, France, A young woman and her dwarf little daughter, 1884
LUX4733241 Rouen, Seine-Maritime (76), Haute-Normandie, France, A young woman and her dwarf little daughter, 1884; (add.info.: Rouen, Seine-Maritime (76), Haute-Normandie, France

Background imageMalformation Collection: New York: 2 dwarfs disgusted in military, an infantryman and a sailor shakes hands

New York: 2 dwarfs disgusted in military, an infantryman and a sailor shakes hands, 1898 - Harry Spreck, Curtis Spreck
LUX4723112 New York: 2 dwarfs disgusted in military, an infantryman and a sailor shakes hands, 1898 - Harry Spreck, Curtis Spreck; (add.info.: New York: 2 dwarfs disgusted in military)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Letter P: Poor Doc! He's badly camping! Dame Nature created a P, 1861 (engraving)

Letter P: Poor Doc! He's badly camping! Dame Nature created a P, 1861 (engraving)
DUV4214881 Letter P: Poor Doc! He's badly camping! Dame Nature created a P, 1861 (engraving); (add.info.: "ABC Trim, Alphabet enchante" Texts of "Trim")

Background imageMalformation Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901
LUX4788388 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital

Background imageMalformation Collection: Illustration for Tom thumb, 19th century (engraving)

Illustration for Tom thumb, 19th century (engraving)
PCT4278302 Illustration for Tom thumb, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: 19th century illustration for the tale of the brothers Grimm Tom Thumb: the tiny child (dwarf)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Engraving of the book of Ambroise Pare: ' Monsters and Prodiges' (first edition 1573)

Engraving of the book of Ambroise Pare: " Monsters and Prodiges" (first edition 1573)
PCT4260964 Engraving of the book of Ambroise Pare: " Monsters and Prodiges" (first edition 1573, appendix: marine monsters)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Capital letters Plate in 'Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet'

Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving)
DUV4220286 Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving); 27x17.5 cm; (add.info)

Background imageMalformation Collection: USA, Two Siamese sisters (?) reading a newspaper pose in studio, 1860

USA, Two Siamese sisters (?) reading a newspaper pose in studio, 1860
LUX4732604 USA, Two Siamese sisters (?) reading a newspaper pose in studio, 1860; (add.info.: USA, Two Siamese sisters (?) reading a newspaper pose in studio, 1860); Photo © Lux-in-Fine

Background imageMalformation Collection: Henry Cotyral or Henri Corneille Agrippa (Cornelius Agrippa or Agrippa by Nettesheim)

Henry Cotyral or Henri Corneille Agrippa (Cornelius Agrippa or Agrippa by Nettesheim)
JEB4934239 Henry Cotyral or Henri Corneille Agrippa (Cornelius Agrippa or Agrippa by Nettesheim, 1486-1535) - engraving of 1823 in " Drolatic Songes de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
VEN5029555 Monster creatures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Representation of human monsters, creature has three legs and two children's heads

Representation of human monsters, creature has three legs and two children's heads
VEN5029288 Representation of human monsters, creature has three legs and two children's heads. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Representation of monsters. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse

Representation of monsters. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
VEN5029277 Representation of monsters. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: One of the Siamese brothers united by the xiphoid appendix of the sternum, age 25

One of the Siamese brothers united by the xiphoid appendix of the sternum, age 25
JAB5036809 One of the Siamese brothers united by the xiphoid appendix of the sternum, age 25. In "Dictionnaire universel d'Histoire naturelle" by M

Background imageMalformation Collection: History of indigenous peoples: Indians of Flathead (tribe of flat heads)

History of indigenous peoples: Indians of Flathead (tribe of flat heads) applauding the forehead of a new born in a
NWI4895836 History of indigenous peoples: Indians of Flathead (tribe of flat heads) applauding the forehead of a new born in a board that crushes his head

Background imageMalformation Collection: La grande mare de Gargantua ou Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566) - engraving of 1823 in ' Songes

La grande mare de Gargantua ou Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566) - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de
JEB4934410 La grande mare de Gargantua ou Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566) - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Dindenaut - engraving of 1823 in ' Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel' by Francois Rabelais

Dindenaut - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)
JEB4933366 Dindenaut - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) - (The Capricious Dreams of Pantagruel) - Private collection; (add.info)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monstrous character with a disproportionate head. 15th century stall adorned with Misericordes de

Monstrous character with a disproportionate head. 15th century stall adorned with Misericordes de l'abbey Saint
JEB4918838 Monstrous character with a disproportionate head. 15th century stall adorned with Misericordes de l'abbey Saint Pierre (12th-18th century) in Chezal-Benoit (Chezal Benoit)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Italy, Sicily, Palermo: in an alley of Palermo, a picturesque group of inhabitants including a dwarf

Italy, Sicily, Palermo: in an alley of Palermo, a picturesque group of inhabitants including a dwarf
LUX4779529 Italy, Sicily, Palermo: in an alley of Palermo, a picturesque group of inhabitants including a dwarf and a woman carrying on his head a metal bucket and a jug under his arm

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creature. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Monster creature. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
VEN5029506 Monster creature. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monstrous creature: a normal calf and a veal with lamb head and six legs

Monstrous creature: a normal calf and a veal with lamb head and six legs. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural
VEN5029484 Monstrous creature: a normal calf and a veal with lamb head and six legs. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds

Background imageMalformation Collection: Representation of a human monster with eagle feet, with a pierced body of arrows

Representation of a human monster with eagle feet, with a pierced body of arrows and sex in the middle of the body
VEN5029322 Representation of a human monster with eagle feet, with a pierced body of arrows and sex in the middle of the body

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monsters: representation of two creatures, the upper one resembles a goat

Monsters: representation of two creatures, the upper one resembles a goat
VEN5029224 Monsters: representation of two creatures, the upper one resembles a goat, the lower one has a human head and an animal body

Background imageMalformation Collection: Jules II (1443-1513) - engraving of 1823 in ' Drolatiques Songes de Pantagruel' by Francois Rabelais

Jules II (1443-1513) - engraving of 1823 in " Drolatiques Songes de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais
JEB4934365 Jules II (1443-1513) - engraving of 1823 in " Drolatiques Songes de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) - (The Capricious Dreams of Pantagruel)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Henry Cotyral or Henri Corneille Agrippa (Cornelius Agrippa or Agrippa by Nettesheim)

Henry Cotyral or Henri Corneille Agrippa (Cornelius Agrippa or Agrippa by Nettesheim)
JEB4934345 Henry Cotyral or Henri Corneille Agrippa (Cornelius Agrippa or Agrippa by Nettesheim, 1486-1535) - engraving of 1823 in " Drolatic Songes de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais

Background imageMalformation Collection: France: Medical photograph of a spinal malformation, 1890

France: Medical photograph of a spinal malformation, 1890
LUX4755402 France: Medical photograph of a spinal malformation, 1890; (add.info.: France: Medical photograph of a spinal malformation, 1890); Photo © Lux-in-Fine

Background imageMalformation Collection: Perigueux, Dordogne (24), Aquitaine, France, A man discusses with a dwarf, 1870

Perigueux, Dordogne (24), Aquitaine, France, A man discusses with a dwarf, 1870
LUX4733185 Perigueux, Dordogne (24), Aquitaine, France, A man discusses with a dwarf, 1870; (add.info.: Perigueux, Dordogne (24), Aquitaine, France, A man discusses with a dwarf

Background imageMalformation Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901
LUX4788408 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital

Background imageMalformation Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901
LUX4788365 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital

Background imageMalformation Collection: Capital letters Plate in 'Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet'

Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving)
DUV4220312 Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving); 27x17.5 cm; (add.info)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Manduce - engraving of 1823 in ' Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel' by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)

Manduce - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)
JEB4933125 Manduce - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) - (The Capricious Dreams of Pantagruel) - Private collection; (add.info)

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monstrous creature: a calf without anterieures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural

Monstrous creature: a calf without anterieures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse
VEN5029470 Monstrous creature: a calf without anterieures. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds

Background imageMalformation Collection: Representation of a human monster seen from the back. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural

Representation of a human monster seen from the back. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse
VEN5029332 Representation of a human monster seen from the back. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creature. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Monster creature. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) on fish
VEN5029321 Monster creature. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) on fish, Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna, ed

Background imageMalformation Collection: Monster creature composed of two dog bodies. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History

Monster creature composed of two dog bodies. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi
VEN5029238 Monster creature composed of two dog bodies. Illustrated chart of a manuscript of Natural History by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Ulisse Aldrovandi fonds, University Library of Bologna

Background imageMalformation Collection: Chevron 7 legs, Natural History Museum of Marseille

Chevron 7 legs, Natural History Museum of Marseille
CSO4994366 Chevron 7 legs, Natural History Museum of Marseille; (add.info.: Chevron 7 legs, Natural History Museum of Marseille); Photo © DDF. All rights reserved 2024

Background imageMalformation Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901
LUX4788400 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital, photograph of malformation in the sick, 1901; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Necker hospital



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"Exploring the Complexities of Malformation: From Bunions to Bosch's Tapestry" This captivating collection delves into the intricate world of malformation, showcasing a diverse range of artistic interpretations and historical references. Starting with bunions, an affliction that affects many, we are reminded that physical deformities have long been a part of human existence. Drawing inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch's renowned works, these tapestries crafted in gold, silver, silk, and wool transport us to a surreal realm where twisted figures and distorted landscapes reign supreme. The juxtaposition of beauty and abnormality invites contemplation on the nature of imperfection itself. Max Ernst's painting "The Couple" further explores this theme as it portrays two individuals intertwined in an unconventional embrace. Their bodies contorted yet harmonious, they challenge societal norms by embracing their own uniqueness. Victor Hugo's iconic character Quasimodo takes center stage at the Pilori in another depiction. This hunchbacked figure symbolizes society's tendency to ostracize those who deviate from conventional standards of beauty or normalcy. Intriguingly titled "Meal brings to the Monkey Man, " an engraving captures a young man chained as he is considered a fair monster due to his appearance. This poignant image serves as a reminder that prejudice based on physical differences continues to persist even today. A satirical caricature featuring a midget alongside a bourgeois highlights the social dynamics surrounding deformity during the 19th century. It reflects how people were often objectified for their abnormalities or used for entertainment purposes. Jesters playing Cochonnet in Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala's oil painting adds an element of whimsy amidst these thought-provoking artworks. It reminds us that laughter can be both inclusive and exclusive when directed towards those who possess unique physical traits.