Floating in their glass jars, the Siamese twins are watching us. They seem to preserve the secret of an ancient enigma, the mystery of the human body, that we persist in considering as fixed and definitive. But in these pages the preparations quietly resting in the display cases show us a different reality: that of the body that went crazy and became a multiple and unpredictable battlefield. They tell us about the horrible, wild imagination of disease, and the story of the scientists who have devoted their life to understanding and defeating it.
The book literally takes the readers by the hand and guides them through the wonders of the “Morgagni” Museum of Anatomical Pathology, which houses papers and writings by Giovanni Battista Morgagni, and more than 1,500 items, either dried, preserved in alcohol or formaline, or tanninised, which not only document the most terrible dysfunctions and diseases but also throw light on what it meant to suffer from serious diseases two or three hundred years ago. Confronted with the incredible architecture of the anatomical machine, we gape in wonder like children looking at a mind-blogging invention. The pathological body here shown in detail is a fluid entity, freed from and forgetful of any limit, where the power of disease leaves behind it a mass of flesh sculpted in unimaginable forms, where science and art come together. This is why the “Morgagni” Museum is a place steeped not only with scientific and medical significance, but also in the most fertile kind of enchantment, capable of leaving us stunned and disorientated.
Combining historical and scientifical analysis and artistic and literary inspirations, the texts of the editor Ivan Cenzi are placed side by side with the images of Carlo Vannini, where anatomical preparations stand out against the black background with their sculptural and bright beauty that is no less fascinating than the works of the greatest sculptors. The book is completed and enriched by the scientific and museological notes by the research unit of the Institute of Anatomical Pathology in Padova (dr. Alberto Zanatta, dr. Fabio Zampieri, prof. Maurizio Rippa Bonati and prof. Gaetano Thiene).
This volume is the fourth issue of the series #BizzarroBazar, edited by Ivan Cenzi.
After the first volume about the Palermo Catacombs, the second about the Fontanelle cemetery in Naples, and the third Italian religious ossuaries this is the third book of the #BizzarroBazar series, edited by Ivan Cenzi. The object of this series, with texts in Italian and English, is to enhance and explore some of our peninsula’s hidden wonders and invite people to think about its artistic and cultural heritage. The series conveys to the reader the same sense of astonishment and delight that can be experienced when entering a Wunderkammer. The absolute protagonists of the book are the amazing images by Carlo Vannini, one of the most recognized art photographers in our country, which offer the reader a perfect visual guide.
The author and editor:
Ivan Cenzi is an explorer of the uncanny and collector of curiosities. Since 2009 he has been the editor of #BizzarroBazar, a blog that deals with anything weird, macabre and marvellous, which in a short time has become the Italian landmark for this kind of topics. Over the years #BizzarroBazar has been dealing with wunderkammer, anthropology of death, museums and anatomical collections, history of the circus and travelling fairs, the early days of science, classical and modern art, alternative sexuality and in general anything at the outskirts of culture. He combines his work as a writer, editor and blogger with and intense work as a lecturer and collaborates with international museums and universities. From 2019, he is a lecturer for the master in Death Studies and for the degree course in Psychology of end-of-life relations at the University of Padua. He has contributed to various newspapers, written several foreword contributions for contemporary art publications and organized cultural events.
His books for #logosedizioni are: La veglia eterna. Catacombe dei Cappuccini di Palermo, De Profundis. Il cimitero delle Fontanelle di Napoli, Mors Pretiosa. Ossari religiosi italiani, Sua maestà anatomica. Museo Morgagni di Padova, Il pietrificatore. La collezione anatomica Paolo Gorini, Paris Mirabilia (also available in english and french), London Mirabilia (also available in english) and Julia Pastrana (also available in english).
Carlo Vannini is the photographer of all “cultural” objects: artworks, archaeological finds, restoration works, architectural structures, city views, but also ordinary handcrafted artefacts permeated by a strong historical feeling. He was born in Reggio Emilia in 1956, where his uncle, a painter, and his father, a decorator, made him familiar with artistic materials. After a short amateurish experience, Carlo developed a strong passion for the professional reproduction of artworks, which has been leading him through exciting adventures while documenting restoration works. He has gradually developed a mastery of photographic techniques such as ultraviolet, infrared, skimming light, transmitted light and mirrored light. Since 1983 he has been creating illustrations for catalogues and still-life advertising photographs and is acknowledged as one of the leading Italian fine art photographers.
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|Author||Ivan Cenzi, Carlo Vannini|
|Dimensions||cm 24,0 x 17,3|
|Sua Maestà Anatomica. Il Museo Morgagni||Il Mattino di Padova||13-11-2016|
|Sua Maestà Anatomia, il nuovo libro Bizzarro Bazar||sentieriselvaggi.it||www||16-11-2016|
|Morbi e deformità tutta la scienza dietro il macabro||La Nuova Venezia||22-11-2016|
|I segreti del Museo di Anatomica Patologica||Il Gazzettino||22-11-2016|
|Morbi e deformità tutta la scienza dietro il macabro||La Tribuna di Treviso||22-11-2016|
|Morbi e deformità tutta la scienza dietro il macabro||Il Mattino di Padova||22-11-2016|
|Museo anatomico, tra scienza, arte e horror||Il Gazzettino||20-12-2016|
|SUA MAESTÀ ANATOMICA di Ivan Cenzi e Carlo Vannini||IngenereCinema.com||www||13-03-2017|
|Bizzarro Bazar, il fascino indiscreto delle stravaganze||Italian Factory Magazine||www||08-07-2019|