17 Mar 2019

“Luigi Cattaneo” Anatomical Institutes


Anatomical Institutes | Via Irnerio, 48
The “Luigi Cattaneo” Collection of Wax Anatomical Models is displayed in a free, open space.  Along with preserving, displaying and caring for our inheritance from the past, the space aspires to produce new scientific knowledge. The normal and pathological human anatomy collection illustrates the path undertaken by scholars of medical science in the 18th and 19th centuries. Having acquired understanding of the true nature of the human body, they turned to investigating its pathologies. The wax models, bones and dried specimens constitute an important learning nucleus which completes, in the succession of scientific discoveries, the Palazzo Poggi Museum’s 18th century collection of normal human anatomy. The exhibit thus represents the continuum of medical studies, in which the city of Bologna excelled in the 1700s and 1800s.

Image: “Luigi Cattaneo” Collection of Wax Anatomical Models
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