The Open Man: A Large Etruscan Anatomical Bust from the Musée du Louvre

Tuesday 5 June 2012  18.00

 

The Open Man: A Large Etruscan Anatomical Bust from the Musée du Louvre

 

Dr Laurent Haumesser (Musée du Louvre)

 

Keynote lecture for Bodies of Evidence conference

In 2011 the Museum of the Louvre (Paris) purchased a great Etruscan bust. This artefact is well known within the field of the study of ancient anatomy: displaying the head and upper torso, with the abdomen opened to reveal the detail of several internal organs, it presents one of the most accurate anatomical representations of Antiquity. The previous owner of the work, a French doctor, has suggested that the bust may have operated as a kind of model used within anatomical lessons. This paper will present further details of the bust, with an examination of its typology and context, examining the various interpretations that might be offered to explain the production and use of comparable anatomical busts in contemporary Etruscan and Italic contexts.

 

 

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