Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

• Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Alexander Fleming is known as a brilliant microbiologist who gave the world the antibiotics. His discovery has revolutionized medicine and saved thousands of lives. However, few people know that the scientist had been given even an exceptional artistic talent. And he did ... right in the laboratory for research. Alexander Fleming was creating drawings using live microorganisms.

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Figures on the petri dish from Alexander Fleming.

With the help of bacteria in Petri dishes Fleming created a wonderful composition. Using microorganisms producing pigmentation in different colors, he learned how to create colorful illustrations. His palette was microorganisms brown, purple, pink, yellow, orange and other colors. He gradually increased the range, and his work became more colorful. Plots drawings were different: here dancing ballerina and strict soldiers, home, mother, feeding the baby, and more.

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Drawing technology was complicated. Petri dish filled with agar, a substance with properties resembling gelatin. Then, on the "ground" landed microbes. The artist had to find the right color, to form an image, as well as take a moment until the microorganisms have grown too, because as soon as they grow up, the figure immediately deformed.

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern paintings of microorganisms on a petri dish.

Fleming's tragedy was that neither the scientific community nor the artists in the early twentieth century did not pay attention to his artistic experiments. It is known that Fleming once prepared a small exhibition of "bacterial art" for a visit to the royal family in Britain, but his work did not interest anyone.

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern artists discovered by Alexander Fleming and with interest continued his experiments. Now every year an exhibition of drawings on agar, and on it you can see the extraordinary work!

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern paintings of microorganisms on a petri dish

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern paintings of microorganisms on a petri dish

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern paintings of microorganisms on a petri dish

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern paintings of microorganisms on a petri dish

Alexander Fleming and his drawings of microorganisms

Modern paintings of microorganisms on a petri dish