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Wax model in the natural history museum La Specola in Florence, Italy, is one in a collection designed to teach anatomy. From the late eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth, various artists sculpted clay models based on dissections from the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Plaster molds were made of the models, then casts were made using a mixture of waxes, resins, and coloring agents, after which the models were assembled and given finishing touches.

Photograph by Joanna Ebenstein, morbid anatomy/Wax Model, La Specola Museum, Florence, Italy

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Wax model in the natural history museum La Specola in Florence, Italy, is one in a collection designed to teach anatomy. From the late eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth, various artists sculpted clay models based on dissections from the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Plaster molds were made of the models, then casts were made using a mixture of waxes, resins, and coloring agents, after which the models were assembled and given finishing touches.

Photograph by Joanna Ebenstein, morbid anatomy/Wax Model, La Specola Museum, Florence, Italy

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Wax model in the natural history museum La Specola in Florence, Italy, is one in a collection designed to teach anatomy. From the late eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth, various artists sculpted clay models based on dissections from the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Plaster molds were made of the models, then casts were made using a mixture of waxes, resins, and coloring agents, after which the models were assembled and given finishing touches.

Photograph by Joanna Ebenstein, morbid anatomy/Wax Model, La Specola Museum, Florence, Italy
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