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La Specola Anatomical Waxworks & Body Horror [Mar. 7th, 2008|01:26 pm]
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An interesting Article my tutor found and sent me connecting the Anatomical Waxworks at La Specola to the horror film tradition.


"Surprising origins
Florentine 18th-century wax anatomical models as inspiration for Italian horror

Drawing from feminist-oriented psychoanalytic theories of the horror film as well as the socio-cultural analysis of horror myths, Annette Burfoot reveals the extent to which 18th-century life-size wax models of the female body in various states of dissection—still on display in a Florentine museum, La Specola—"provides the basis for various principles of horror.""

http://www.kinoeye.org/02/09/burfoot09.php

and some links about La Specola

Univeristy of Toronto
http://individual.utoronto.ca/twix/anatomy/eighteenth.htm

Tourism
http://www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/museum_of_natural_history.html

Official home page
http://www.pd.astro.it/museo/PagineInglesi/index.htm

Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/numlok/sets/670488/


X-posted to Dark Victoria, Hospital X, ax_wound, kawaii noir, museum geeks, wonder_cabinet, Victorian Goths, maddoctorfetish and medical_fetish.

Eat your heart out von Hagens ;)
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