The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic
The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic

The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic

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Of all the artifacts from the history of medicine, the Anatomical Venus―with its heady mixture of beauty, eroticism and death―is the most seductive. These life-sized dissectible wax women reclining on moth-eaten velvet cushions―with glass eyes, strings of pearls, and golden tiaras crowning their real human hair―were created in eighteenth-century Florence as the centerpiece of the first truly public science museum. Conceived as a means to teach human anatomy, the Venus also tacitly communicated the relationship between the human body and a divinely created cosmos; between art and science, nature and mankind.
  •  commercials.Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • Dimensions:   6.75 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1938922913