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An eighteenth-century anatomical museum, La Specola is home to a justly famous collection of visible women (medical teaching aids whose exposed organs can be removed) now visible online, as well. It's at once the Sistine Chapel of ceroplasty (the art of modeling anatomical specimens in wax) and the stage for a pathological beauty pageant worthy of David Cronenberg, where women are at last appreciated for their inner beauty.

Mark Dery is a cultural critic whose byline has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, Red Herring, Suck, Feed, Salon, and the New York Times Magazine. His latest book is The Pyrotechnic insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink.
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Title Annotation:anatomical models
Author:Dery, Mark
Publication:Artforum International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Jun 22, 2001
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