the anatomical waxes

in tuscany, at the natural history museum, there is a collection of anatomical waxes. i quote directly from the placard at the museum: unique in the world for the quantity and beauty of its pieces, this collection was the inspiration of the grand duke peter leopold of lorraine and felice fontana, the first director of the museum, who conceived it as a means of teaching anatomy without directly observing a corpse. it consists of more than 1400 pieces, done between 1771 and the second half of the 1800’s, contained in 550 showcases presently on display in 9 rooms. enjoy, although…