The Anatomical Venus


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The Anatomical Venus

Joanna Ebenstein.

Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York, presents – The Anatomical Venus.

A disquieting volume of deftly crafted, dissectable wax Venuses and slashed beauties, conceived in the 18th and 19th centuries, that demonstrated female anatomy to the world’s museums and fairgrounds.

Since their creation in late 18th-century Florence, these wax women have seduced, intrigued and amazed.

Incisive commentary traces their curious evolution and examines their paradoxical existence; Venus flickers on the edges of medicine and myth, votive and vernacular, fetish and fine art.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd. 2016

Hardcover.   224 pages.

366 illustrations (324 in colour).