Model Experts : Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775-1815 Paperback / softback
by Anna Maerker
Based on a detailed study of rich archival sources, Model experts explores practices of model production and display, and reveals the often invisible labours of the co-operating artisans, anatomists, and administrators.
The book, now available in paperback, shows that the models were central to a remarkable political experiment: 'La Specola' opened in 1775 as the Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History, one of the first public science museums in Europe.
As a venue for public enlightenment, the museum displayed model anatomies to create the model citizen.
The study also moves beyond the borders of Tuscany, following a set of Florentine waxes to Vienna to explore the diverse reactions of medical professionals and general audiences as the models travelled in enlightened Europe. -- .
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 264 pages, Illustrations, black & white
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Publication Date: 01/05/2015
- Category: Museums & museology
- ISBN: 9780719097393