The Importance of Being Florentine: A Journey around the World for Wax Anatomical Venuses

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Abstract

This article reconstructs the 19th century history of events regarding a few female wax anatomical models made in Florence. More or less faithful copies of those housed in Florence's Museum of Physics and Natural History, these models were destined for display in temporary exhibitions. In their travels through Europe and the United States, they transformed the expression "Florentine Venus" into a sort of brand name used to label and offer respectability to pieces of widely varying quality.

The Importance of Being Florentine: A Journey around the World for Wax Anatomical Venuses

in Nuncius

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