<i>Cessio ac Venditio</i>: The Final Years and the End of an Age

in The Lady Anatomist

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226520810
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226520841 | DOI:
Cessio ac Venditio: The Final Years and the End of an Age

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This chapter addresses Anna Morandi's story, as well as the heyday of the anatomical wax modeler. The center of production of anatomical wax models shifted at the precise moment of Morandi's death from Bologna to Florence, where, in 1775, the Royal Museum of Natural History opened its doors. The evolution of Morandi's collection clung to the systematic disclosure of the body in dissection and to canonical representations in anatomical atlases. The end of her life was illuminated to an extent by the inheritance she left to her two sons after she died. Count Girolamo Ranuzzi started negotiations to immediately sell Morandi's work upon her death. With Morandi's death and the concurrent erection of Felice Fontana's celebrated theater of knowledge, the authority of the anatomical wax modeler came to an abrupt end.

Keywords: anatomical wax modeler; Anna Morandi; anatomical wax; Count Girolamo Ranuzzi; Natural History; Bologna; Florence; Felice Fontana

Chapter.  5596 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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