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KATHERINE SHERWOOD, Golgi’s Door, mixed media on canvas, 20 × 20 inches, 2007.

Golgi’s Door

In 1873, Italian physician and scientist Camillo Golgi developed a method of staining nerve tissue that made the complex networking structure of the brain visible. What became known as Golgi’s method was later used by Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal to reveal much about the organization of the nervous system.

This recent acquisition to the National Academy of Science’s art collection was the title piece to the exhibition Golgi’s Door by artist Katherine Sherwood. It was inspired by Camillo Golgi’s work and suggests the influence of visual representation on the process of discovery and understanding in both art and science.

The exhibition Golgi’s Door was on exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences from December 10, 2007 through February 21, 2008. Exhibition catalogues are available upon request by emailing

Cite this Article

"Archives." Issues in Science and Technology 24, no. 3 (Spring 2008).

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