Domenico Fetti - Vanitas (17th Century)
The painting above is called St. Francis by one of my most favorite painters; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. St. Francis is by far one of the most distinguished figures in Christianity and perhaps even of the universal courtesy of compassion. The Saint was known for his outstanding love for the lord and of course for his creations, especially nature. It said that St. Francis had a special way with animals. The legend goes that the city of Gubbio was being harassed and provoked by a feral wolf. St. Francis, out of compassion, decided to deal with the bad boy. Upon reaching the wolf, the Saint’s companions ran out of fear, but Francis of Assisi stayed and made the symbol of the cross, miraculously calming the wolf down. “Brother Wolf, you do much harm in these parts and you have done great evil,” said Francis. “All these people accuse you and curse you…But brother wolf, I would like to make peace between you and the people.” And so a pact was made in which the people would daily donate some alms for the wolf’s meal, and the wolf would in turn remain in peace with the townsfolk. Such was the will of St. Francis.
Subconjunctival hemorrhage and a black eye
In the second century, an ethnically Greek Roman named Galen became doctor to the gladiators. His glimpses into the human body via these warriors’ wounds, combined with much more systematic dissections of animals, became the basis of Islamic and European medicine for centuries.
boy from Chad scanned from “The Decorated Body”
A Japanese headsman tells a Chinese prisoner how to hold his head for a smooth decapitation in a photo dated from 1938.