Monday, November 12, 2012

A Trip to the 19th Century Popular Anatomical Museum: "La leçon d'hygiène," Félicien Rops, Late 19th Century

Whilst doing research in the wonderful and amazing Wellcome Library in London last week, I came upon a mention of the wonderful and underknown painting shown above, "la leçon d'hygiène" by Belgian decadent artist Félicien Rops. The painting is a rare fine-art depiction of a visit to a 19th century popular anatomical museum. I could find out precious little about it, but Wikimedia claims it is in a private collection and was painted between 1878 and 1881.

If anyone knows anything more about it, please email me at morbidanatomy [at] I also highly recommend that you click on the image to see larger, finer version.

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