Complete with eyelashes, this remarkably life-like wax head has been cut away to show the skull and the muscles of the eye, face and neck. Wax models were used for teaching anatomy to medical students or as part of popular anatomy shows. They were used to pick out and emphasise specific features of the body, making their structure and function easier to understand, especially at a time when few bodies were available for dissection. The model was donated by the Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Oxford.
Attributed to Nicolaus Gerhaert von Leyden Netherlandish, active in Germany, 1462/73 Reliquary Bust of Saint Margaret of Antioch, 1465/70 Walnut, with traces of polychromy
Reliquary Bust Flanders Brabant circa 1510 Polychromed and gilded wood
Angelo di Nalduccio (attribué à) Buste-reliquaire de sainte Mabille vers 1370-1380 14e siècle, Bas Moyen Âge bois
Vierge des Sept Douleurs - Italie du Sud, 18ème siècle. Musée du Coeur (collection du docteur Boyadjian et de son épouse), MRAH, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Bruxelles.
Emerging Danish ceramicist Maria Rubinke blends the childlike and innocent with the grotesque in her sculptural work, creating pristine porcelain toys and corrupting them with streams of red glaze emanating from rips and tears in their anatomies. The porcelain toys become biological beings whose visceral injuries can be difficult to look at despite the chubby-cheeked figures’ adorable countenances. Elements of the grotesque and the cute break down, pulling the viewer between these opposing poles. Take a look at some of Rubinke’s sculptures below. MORE: http://hifructose.com/2013/04/16/maria-rubinkes-grotesque-ceramic-sculptures/
Female Figure from the Tomb of Isabella of Bourbon
Bronze with black laquer patina, height 58 cm