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Hans Prinzhorn’s Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922)

- February 27, 2019 in Adolf Wölfli, art brut, Artistry of the Mentally Ill, Hans Prinzhorn, mental illness, outsider art, raw art

Artworks from Prinzhorn's landmark text in the history of thinking about mental illness and creativity.

Maniac Chase (1904)

- March 9, 2017 in asylum, escape, insane asylum, insanity, lunatic asylum, mental illness, napoleon, Napoleon delusion

One of the very first screen depictions of the now familiar Napoleon delusion trope — in which a mentally ill person believes themselves to be Napoleon Bonaparte.

Maniac Chase (1904)

- March 9, 2017 in asylum, escape, insane asylum, insanity, lunatic asylum, mental illness, napoleon, Napoleon delusion

One of the very first screen depictions of the now familiar Napoleon delusion trope — in which a mentally ill person believes themselves to be Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne

- May 28, 2014 in charles darwin, emotions, evolution, james crichton-browne, mental illness, Photography, Science & Medicine, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, west riding lunatic asylum

Stassa Edwards explores Charles Darwin's photography collection, which included almost forty portraits of mental patients given to him by the neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The study of these photographs, and the related correspondence between the two men, would prove instrumental in the development of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), Darwin's study on the evolution of emotions.

Portraits of Patients from Surrey County Asylum (ca.1855)

- February 26, 2014 in asylum, early photography, madness, mental illness, physiognomy

Photographic portraits taken by Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond of patients from Surrey County Asylum in England where he worked as a psychiatrist.

Portraits of Patients from Surrey County Asylum (ca.1855)

- February 26, 2014 in asylum, early photography, madness, mental illness, physiognomy

Photographic portraits taken by Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond of patients from Surrey County Asylum in England where he worked as a psychiatrist.