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Our new muscle man

By January 16, 2009No Comments

mand-021To satisfy those of our readers (such as our colleagues at Street Anatomy) who are hungry for more classical, anatomical stuff, we’re making this short interruption in the steady flow of contemporary biomedicine-on-display material.

Today we acquired a new anatomy-related art object — a plaster of Paris copy of a full-sized ecorché (representing a flogged man exposing the underlying muscles), originally made in 1869 by the Danish sculpturer Theobald Stein (1829-1901) and later cast in bronze.

Placed in the entrance hall of Medical Museion, the muscle man is not only a major attraction in itself — it also symbolizes our interest in connecting art and medicine in all possible ways, not only the contemporary art-biomedicine arena, but also in its classical (or in this case neo-neoclassical) expressions.

The ecorché is on the right. Below is our head of collections, Ion Meyer, acting as a model to find out where to best place Stein’s sculpture in the entrance hall.


See more pictures on Museionblog.

Thomas Söderqvist

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