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05 JULY 2013

The Anarchist Coloring Book

"This blog documents things that are interesting, creepy and often disturbing. It contains posts of videos, photos, artwork and anything else that I find worthy to the collection. Anarchist Coloring Book is inspired by Adam Parfrey's Apocalypse Culture collections, the Mütter Museum and the general creepiness we stumble upon in everyday life.

The present author attempts to detach himself from the subjects. Often little to no commentary is provided, this is why Wikipedia descriptions are widely used."





Adam Parfrey • anatomical artanatomical illustrationanatomical pathologyanatomy • antique medical equipment • Apocalypse Culture (1990) • biomedicalbizarreblogbook illustrationscabinet of curiositiescadavercalendar • creepiness • creepycuriositydevildissecteddissectiondisturbingdisturbing taledoll • ghoul • grotesque • hirsute • history of medicinehorrorhuman anatomyhuman body • medical museum • medical odditiesmorbid anatomy • Mutter Museum • oddities • pathological specimens • personal collectionsphotocollagepostcardsatanVictorian artvisual spectaclewax models


Simon Perkins
19 FEBRUARY 2004

La Specola: Anatomies In Wax

"The wax collection, unique in the quantity and beauty of its pieces, was created in order to teach anatomy without having to directly observe a cadaver. [...]The over 1400 models, contained in 562 cases, were made between the end of the 18th and first half of the 19th century by the artisans Clemente Susini, Polychrome plaster cast of Clemente Susini, the most famous Florentine wax modeller Francesco Calenzuoli, Luigi Calamai and Egisto Tortori. Guided by Fontana himself these talented modellers worked under the anatomists Tommaso Bonicoli, Filippo Uccelli and the great Paolo Mascagni who dissected cadavers obtained from the Santa Maria Nuova hospital and exposed the part to be modelled. Then the part was reproduced in clay from which a plaster cast was made. Into this the wax – really a mixture of waxes, resins and dyes of which the exact composition is unknown – was poured. Finally, the model was assembled and refined."

(Saulo Bambi)



anatomyautopsybody • Bonicoli • cadaver • Calamai • Calenzuoli • clay • diedissectionexamination • Firenze • Florence • Fontana • history of medicineItaly • La Specola • Mascagni • resin • reverse-engineerscientific medicinesurgical • Susini • taking apart • Tortori • Uccelli • waxwax models

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