Fast Asleep for 100 Years: Vintage Wax Anatomical Models


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Wax anatomical model of a female showing internal organs, Florence, Italy, 1818 via io9

Darlings, I have a delightfully creepy collection for you this morning: a gallery of 18th and 19th century wax anatomical models.  An art technique since the 14th century, the use of exceptionally detailed wax figures to demonstrate anatomical principles first arose in the late 17th century with a collaboration between wax modeler Gaetano Giulio Zumbo and surgeon Guillaume Desnoues, gaining popularity throughout Europe in the 18th century. From Journal of Anatomy:

Wax models were used for teaching anatomy to medical students because they made it possible to pick out and emphasise specific features of the body, making their structure and function easier to understand. This made them especially useful at a time when few bodies were available for dissection.

Particularly interesting (and perhaps particularly gruesome to modern sensibilities) were « Anatomical Venuses, »‘ extremely realistic female figures finely crafted of wax, human hair, pearls, and rosewood, featuring both a languid…

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5 réflexions sur “Fast Asleep for 100 Years: Vintage Wax Anatomical Models

    • yEAH;
      Many people are disgusted but I think it’s fine to see how we are internaly and she made it in a beautifl maner. Maybe shocking because we are not acostumed to see that, but beautiful and particularly interesting.

      J'aime

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