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Einstein and his brain, a new inspiration of the Chinese Scultpor Shi Men

Frilli Gallery, via dei Fossi 26/r, Florence

Inspired by one of the most influential, intelligent and controversial men in human history, sculptor Shi Men intends to rediscover the man who uncovered the nature of time and space.

When the physicist died in New Jersey in 1955, pathologist Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy on Einstein's body and also removed his brain. Later, with permission from the family, he dissected the brain into 240 blocks, making 1,000 microscopic slides of tissue samples from each block. He then sent the slides to researchers around the world.


After careful study, the researchers found that Einstein's brain weighed less than the brain of an average adult male, 2.7 pounds instead of 3 pounds. Furthermore, the inferior parietal region of the brain, responsible for spatial reasoning ability and abstract thinking, was 15% larger than the average brain.


The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia is one of only two places in the world where parts of Albert Einstein's brain can be seen.


Shi Men sculptures dedicated to Einstein are a testament to human nature. The works in the collection are strongly inspired by tissue samples from the brain regions of Einstein who became the orchestrator of the symphonies of the universe.