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The Anatomical Venus - Museum, Morbid Anatomy, and Ebenstein, Joanna
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Beneath the original Venetian glass and rosewood case at La Specola in Florence lies Clemente Susini's Anatomical Venus (c. 1790), a perfect object whose luxuriously bizarre existence challenges belief. It - or, better, she - was conceived of as a means to teach human anatomy without need for constant dissection, which was messy, ethically fraught and subject to quick decay. This life-sized wax woman is adorned with glass eyes and human hair and can be dismembered into dozens of parts revealing, at the final remove, a ...

The Anatomical Venus 2016, Thames & Hudson Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780500252185