A happening is a performance or event that is considered to be art. This blog covers world art events, art news and publications, and will expose the reader to all areas of the art world. The fine arts will be covered such as painting, sculpture, assemblage, installation, photography, conceptual art, large scale craft related events, handmade/altered books, and printmaking. Blog is maintained by an Art Librarian at the Rochester Public Library (NY).
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
19th Century Papier-Mâché Anatomical Bee and Beetle Models
These wonderful papier-mâché anatomical models of bees were made around 1875 by Dr. Louis Thomas Jerôme Auzoux (1797-1880). As a medical student in France in the early nineteenth-century, Auzoux was frustrated by the lack of real cadavers and the expense and delicacy of wax models to study anatomy. After his graduation from medical school in 1818, the entrepreneurial young doctor began experimenting with the creation of anatomical models, inspired by a visit to the papier-mâché workshop of Jean Francois Ameline in 1820. Taking his cue from puppet and doll-making techniques of the day, Auzoux developed his signature “Anatomie Clastique” approach: anatomical models made of a hardened paper paste, whose parts could be easily taken apart and reassembled.