Eerie Wax Anatomy Models From 1700 – 1800s That Will Give You The Creeps!

Forget modern works of art that intend to give you the heebie-jeebies, if you want nightmares or are looking for some terrifying pictures to decorate the walls of your home with for Halloween then you need to check out these totally gross wax anatomy models from the 1700 and 1800s.

The best thing about these sculptures is that they weren’t actually intended to terrify people but were more often than not intended to be used as teaching tools!!

Back then it was harder to preserve the human body, so rather than working from cadavers, medical students would use these detailed wax models to learn their trade.

Personally, I don’t know how they held onto their lunch, looking at all these gory models which range from downright terrifying to deeply disturbing. The one that creeped me out the most, was the pregnant woman holding open flaps of stomach skin to show the students the baby she carried inside. Totally gross.

Much like the masters of modern horror, many sculptors spiced things up a little by adding a seductive element to their models in the form of the “anatomical Venus.” This was a particular kind of sculpture of a beautiful woman in repose, organs out for everyone to see. Many of these anatomical Venus’ didn’t seem that dead (apart from the giveaway that you could completely see their insides) the expressions on their faces were sometimes sultry or jovial.

Roberta Ballestriero delves into the dark history of the anatomical Venuses in a 2010 article from the Journal of Anatomy – you can read an extract from that article here.

Source: io9

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