Tuesday, June 19, 2007

La Specola and Italian Horror Films?

A surpising analysis of a proffered link between the La Specola anatomical models, of Taschen Encyclopaedia Anatomicafame, and horror films, complements of Kinoeye: New Perspectives in European Films.


bioephemera said...

Yeah, I have to say I wasn't convinced by that Burfoot article. It's been a few months since I read it, but I felt it assumed too much - namely, that the eroticism of the figures was a prime reading not only now, but at several points in the past; I'm not sure we have the evidence to support that. Also, it fails to address the differences in presentation between the male and female anatomies - since the male was usually much more gruesomely depicted, but with some of the same conceits. Still, a provoking read.

JE said...

Agreed. I have a few problems with the article, but do like the connection being made between the models and horror films.

Curious Expeditions said...

Hi, great new blog! I recently wrote about anatomical wax models, and also small ivory anatomical models over at Curious Expeditions. I'm actually about to head off to Italy next month to film the models at La Specola for a short documentary on the history of anatomical models.

Anyway, great blog, keep up the good work!