Greetings! This website is a showcase of neuroscientific images, from artists across the world and across time. Instead of the brain at large, the artwork you will find here is centred on the microscopic circuitry that makes up the brain.

These images are reproduced here for educational and aesthetic purposes. Most can be easily found on the web using a search engine or via the author's website. Before reproducing any of these images, please check the licence terms of the original author.

If you wish to contribute or share your work, the curator can be reached via e-mail at Thanks, and enjoy!

Last updated: 07 March 2021 — Hosting 113 images

BrainBow is a technique where cells are made to express several fluorescent proteins, in essentially random amounts. The randomness derives from feedback loops in gene expression. Mixing of fluorescence wavelengths yields a remarkable colour contrast on the single-neuron level.

The method was originally developed by Jeff W. Lichtman and Joshua R. Sanes at the Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School.

Read more about BrainBow on Wikipedia or an introduction at the Harvard Gazette.

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The retina of the eye is a complex structure, that exists with some diversity in the natural world. By juxtaposing samples of species from mammalian to amphibian, this comprehensive collection highlights their architecture and organisation in an accessible manner.

By Nicolás Cuenca at the Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Alicante, Spain

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Interactive computer rendered visualisations of all 6 layers of mouse primary visual cortex and higher visual areas within a cubic millimeter volume.

By the Sebastian Seung lab at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA; the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, USA; and the Andreas Tolias lab at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA.

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Animated, time-lapse image sequences exhibit the intra- and extracellular dynamics of living neurons in vitro. In addition to migration and outgrowth of new neurites, fluorescent dyes beautifully capture the dynamics of intracellular protein trafficking and organelles.

By Robert S. McNeil and Baylor College of Medicine

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A beautifully illustrated, open-access paper, describing the growth in insight and understanding of synaptic function over the past 50 years.

By Kristen M. Harris at The University of Texas at Austin, USA