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29%OFFJoanna Ebenstein - The Anatomical Venus: Wax / Sex / God / Death - 9780500252185 - V9780500252185
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The Anatomical Venus: Wax / Sex / God / Death

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Description for The Anatomical Venus: Wax / Sex / God / Death Hardcover. 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. This title reveals the evolution of the enigmatic sculptures from wax effigy to fetish figure and the embodiment of the uncanny. Num Pages: 224 pages, 366 illustrations, 324 in colour. BIC Classification: AFKC; AGZ; MFC; PD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 179 x 248 x 27. Weight in Grams: 868.
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 beatific foetus curled in her womb. Sister models soon appeared throughout Europe, ... Read more

Product Details

Publisher
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format
Hardback
Publication date
2016
Condition
New
Weight
868g
Number of Pages
224
Place of Publication
London, United Kingdom
ISBN
9780500252185
SKU
V9780500252185
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About Joanna Ebenstein
The Morbid Anatomy Museum was founded by Joanna Ebenstein and is located in Brooklyn, New York. Joanna Ebenstein is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, writer, lecturer and graphic designer. She runs the Morbid Anatomy blog and website, and founded the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Ebenstein photographs, curates and collects artefacts, images and texts relating to curious collections, early museums and cabinets of ... Read more

Reviews for The Anatomical Venus: Wax / Sex / God / Death
'What Ebenstein argues is beguiling to our contemporary brains is that the figures weren't strictly medical, but beautiful as well' - vice.com 'An enchanting and repulsive book' - Huffington Post 'Joanna Ebenstein's sumptuous book is fascinated by this era in which the study of nature was also the study of philosophy; in which a body created for medical purposes could ... Read more

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