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Malleable Anatomies: Models, Makers, and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy

Lucia Dacome


Malleable Anatomies examines the early stages of the practice of anatomical modelling. It investigates the ‘mania’ for anatomical displays that swept the Italian peninsula in the mid-eighteenth century, and traces the fashioning of anatomical models as important social, cultural, and political as well as medical tools. Anatomical models offered special insights into the inner body. Being coloured, soft, and malleable, they fostered anatomical knowledge in delightful ways. But how did anatomical models inscribe and mediate bodily knowledge? How did they change the way in which anatomical knowle ... More

Keywords: anatomical modelling, Benedict XIV, Anna Morandi, Ercole Lelli, Raimondo di Sangro, Grand Tour, women, artisans, celebrity, Italy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198736189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucia Dacome, author
Associate Professor and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine, University of Toronto