Aesculapian Snake – 1896

This is an often seen image on social media and other internet sites, so I thought I would give a bit of background on it:

The photogravure was created from an early volume of X-ray by Josef Maria Eder (1855–1944), a director of a graphic processes institution, and Eduard Valenta (1857–1937), a photochemist, both from Austria. According to The Met, “The elaborate compositions and stunning appearance of these ‘Experimentation in Photography connect them to the previous century’s heritage of natural-history illustration and indicate toward the experiments of New Vision photographers in the 1910s and 1920s.”
(Image source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.)

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