Wax male anatomical figure, Italian, 1776-1780

1776-1780 in Florence
Francesco Calenzuoli
Clemente Susini

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Wax male anatomical figure, ecorche, in case. Italian. 18th century. Front view. Grey background
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Wax male anatomical figure, écorché, in case, Italian, 1776-1780

This wax model is a half life-size figure showing the muscles and bones of the body in a superficial dissection. This style of model is known as écorché. It is part of a series, which show layer after layer of tissue being removed to reveal the internal structure of the body. The life-size versions were used in the Zoological Museum of the University of Florence, known as La Specola, by the Grand Duke of Tuscany when teaching anatomy to students.

The series was probably made by the workshops of Clemente Susini (1754-1814). Susini was one of the greatest wax modellers of the age, famous for his accurate anatomical detail in both structure and colour.


Anatomy & Pathology
case, glass, case, wood, figure, metal, amature, figure, wax
anatomical figure
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
Gambacorta, G.
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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