News May 07, 2008 No Comments

La Specola” (Museo di Storia Naturale) : Florence, Italy
Anatomical Venus
Wax model with human hair and pearls in rosewood and Venetian glass case;
Probably modeled by Clemente Susini (around 1790)

“Anatomical Theatre is a photographic exhibition documenting artifacts collected by and exhibited in medical museums throughout Europe and the United States. The objects in these photos range from preserved human remains to models made from ivory, wax, and papier mâché. The artifacts span from the 16th Century to the 20th, and include examples from a wide range of countries, artists, and preparators…”

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World

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“The Kaibo Zonshinzu anatomy scrolls, painted in 1819 by Kyoto-area physician Yasukazu Minagaki (1784-1825), consist of beautifully realistic, if not gruesome, depictions of scientific human dissection.

“Unlike European anatomical drawings of the time, which tended to depict the corpse as a living thing devoid of pain (and often in some sort of Greek pose), these realistic illustrations show blood and other fluids leaking from subjects with ghastly facial expressions…”

Kaibo Zonshinzu anatomy scrolls (1819), from Pink Tentacle.

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“In legal news, a lawsuit filed by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics (the creators of the PKD android) was dismissed by a California court on March 29th. Hanson sued America West airlines after leaving PKD’s electric head in the overhead bin on a trip from Texas to San Francisco…”

Total Dick-Head

Andrew Frost

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