The Lady AnatomistThe Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini

The Lady AnatomistThe Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini

Rebecca Messbarger

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226520810

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Anna Morandi Manzolini (1714–74), a woman artist and scientist, surmounted meager origins and limited formal education to become one of the most acclaimed anatomical sculptors of the Enlightenment. This book tells the story of her arresting life and times, in light of the intertwined histories of science, gender, and art that complicated her rise to fame in the eighteenth century. Examining the details of Morandi's remarkable life, it traces her intellectual trajectory from provincial artist to internationally renowned anatomical wax modeler for the University of Bologna's famous medical school. Placing Morandi's work within its cultural and historical context, as well as in line with the Italian tradition of anatomical studies and design, the book uncovers the messages contained within her wax inscriptions, part complex theories of the body and part poetry.