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THE ANATOMICAL VENUS: WAX, GOD, DEATH & THE ECSTATIC. Joanna Ebenstein. Artbook|D.A.P., New York, 2016. Published in association with Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn. 224 pp. with 267 ills. (232 col.). 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781938922916 In English.
Publisher's description: 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. Today, she both intrigues and confounds, troubling our neat categorical divides between life and death, body and soul, effigy and pedagogy, entertainment and education, kitsch and art. The first book of its kind, The Anatomical Venus, by Morbid Anatomy Museum cofounder Joanna Ebenstein, features over 250 images -- many never before published -- gathered by its author from around the world. Its extensively researched text explores the Anatomical Venus within her historical and cultural context in order to reveal the shifting attitudes toward death and the body that today render such spectacles strange.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Sculpture, Several Media
Plans: 73,75,68
Worldwide Number: 082531
Hardcover $35.00    

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