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1930s fresco style mural showing midwife Biddy Mason administring care to a patient
Polina Ilieva
Polina Ilieva
Polina is Associate University Librarian for Collections and UCSF Archivist.

Bernard Zakheim’s “The History of Medicine in California” Murals Now Accessible for Viewing Online

In 2020, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and CyArk, a nonprofit company dedicated to preserving and sharing the world’s most important cultural heritage, partnered to create high resolution 3D images of the set of New Deal-era murals, titled “The History of Medicine in California,” and other murals painted by Polish-born artist Bernard Zakheim. The 1930s frescoes depict the rich history of medicine in California and are a unique representation of the early years of medical science through art.

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CyArk’s production team works to capture high resolution photogrammetry of Bernard Zakheim’s “The History of Medicine in California” murals.

The murals were captured while on display within UCSF’s Toland Hall at Parnassus Heights, and the virtual tours are now available online for the public to enjoy. The physical and digital preservation of this special collection allows for wider appreciation of Zakheim’s work and greater accessibility for future generations.

Access the virtual tours

Visit the Bernard Zakheim Murals at UCSF page to take a virtual tour.

Learn more

For more information about the project, read the article, Removal of Historic Murals Wins Award as UCSF Takes Next Steps to Find Permanent Home.

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