Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

From a much larger collection of anatomical literature and drawings at Heidelberg University comes this surprisingly beautiful illustration by Elisa Schorn.

It was Schorn's use of color, and her organizational decisions, in the images below that originally caught our eye. Even though the drawings were produced around the turn of the 20th century, Schorn's palette and aesthetic strikes us as rather modern. The illustrations of the brain, the maxillary artery and the lateral view of the neck, pictured below, are particularly noteworthy in this regard:

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

We've included a few more of our favorite examples below, but you can check out Heidelberg University's full collection of Schorn's and others' work here.

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

[Heidelberg University via Scientific Illustration]