The Lady Anatomist: The Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini
The Lady Anatomist:
The Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini
by Rebecca Messbarger
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Decaying corpses, flayed limbs, home laboratories—Rebecca Messbarger's new book, The Lady Anatomist, has all the makings of a horror story. Yet as Messbarger demonstrates, these grisly items were merely the tools of a nearly forgotten trade: anatomical wax modeling. In this study, Messbarger chronicles the rise of anatomical dissection and fabrication in eighteenth-century Bologna and charts the fortunes of one of its foremost practitioners, Anna Morandi Manzolini. Celebrated in her day, Morandi has since nearly disappeared from the historical record. Why did that happen, and what makes her worthy of rediscovery?
Messbarger pursues these questions through the book's seven chapters, which survey both Bologna's "traditional anatomical dissection scene" and the ways Morandi diverged from it. Before she and her husband,
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