Anatomical model by Auzoux
Madelief Albers (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
While this object looks like a human cadaver, this ‘man’ is not a real ‘man’. This papier-mâché ‘artificial cadaver’ was made by Louis Auzoux to aid anatomical education. The cast was ordered by the University of Groningen in 1844, by request of anatomist and professor Augustus Sebastian. Also known as ‘the muscle-man’, this model consists of 130 separate parts. The model was used not only to educate students at the university, but also during public lectures for a non-academic audience. This artificial replacement of human cadavers thus opened up a store of information about the human body, to a general public.