Fragonard Musuem - Preserved Bodies and Body Parts
Honoré Fragonard (1732—1799) — created thousands of magnificent anatomical specimens. Aimed at elucidating the new science of comparative anatomy, the Écorchés satisfied as well a passion among France’s privileged society enthralled by the Enlightenment to possess their own cabinets des curieux, as Fragonard called them, evidence of their cultivation in the age of spectacular new scientific advances and philosophical ideas.
Like today’s plastinated descendants of the centuries-old tradition and technique of injection, Fragonard’s intriguing Écorchés were intended to offer a lasting insight into the interior complexities of the body. They were among the first momentous contributions to the great anatomical teaching collections of the eighteenth century and belong to a realm between art and science.