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

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
The The Vrolik : Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Anatomical preparation; 19th Century

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
Semmelweis Museum, Library and Archives of the History of Medicine : Budapest, Hungary
Wax Modesl; by Magyar, 1926.

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
Hunterian Museum : Glasgow, Scotland
Anatomical preparation; Acquired or prepared by William Hunter (1718-1783)

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences : Birmingham, Alabama
“Anatomical Teaching Skeleton”
Backroom; 20th Century.

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
National Museum of Health and Medicine : Washington, D.C.
Assorted anatomical models; Drawer in backroom.

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
The Mütter Museum : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Anatomical preparation (human heart); 19th Century

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
The Mütter Museum : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pathological model; 19th Century

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
The Mütter Museum : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Human skulls, from the Hyrtal Skull Collection; 19th Century

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
Hunterian Museum : London, England
Part of John Hunter’s collection of specimens illustrating morbid anatomy; Acquired or prepared by John Hunter (1728-1793)

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum (Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum): Vienna, Austria, Austria
Wax moulages; Probably by Carl Henning (1860-1917) or Theodor Henning (1897-1946); Early 20th Century

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
The Josephinum : Vienna, Austria
Wax model in rosewood and Venetian glass cases; Workshop of Clemente Susini of Florence, 1781-1786

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
The Josephinum : Vienna, Austria
Wax models with human hair in rosewood and Venetian glass cases; Workshop of Clemente Susini of Florence, 1781-1786

Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
“La Specola” (Museo di Storia Naturale) : Florence, Italy
“Statue of a Young Man, Showing the Course of the Arteries”
Wax model in rosewood and Venetian glass case; Probably modeled by Clemente Susini (around 1790)

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

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