Beauchene Skull: Art of the Exploded Skull

By on December 11, 2010

Beauchene human skull
An exploded Beauchene human skull

A Beauchene Skull, also known as an exploded skull, is a disarticulated human skull that has been painstakingly reassembled on a stand with jointed, movable supports that allows for the moving and studying of the skull as a whole or each piece individually.

In the mid-1800s French anatomist Claude Beauchene developed this method to display the anatomy of the head. Beauchene would meticulously clean a skull, separate its bones, and mount them on a stand designed to exhibit them at once individually and in context.

The concept of the exploded skull was first introduced by Leonardo da Vinci in his anatomical drawings.

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Charlie is the creator and curator of the bizarre for Cult of Weird. When he's not writing or rotting away at his mind-numbing day job, he can be found working on graphic design projects for horror media and hunting down local legends around his home state of Wisconsin. Though he prefers more tangible oddities, he maintains a skeptical interest in the paranormal. Probably as an excuse to explore beyond the no trespassing signs.

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