In 18th-century French medical schools, study aids were produced in one of two ways. They were either sculpted in coloured wax or made from the real things - organs, limbs, tangled vascular systems - dried or preserved in formaldehyde. Veterinary surgeon Honoré Fragonard was a master of the second method, and many of his most striking works are now on display here.
'Homme à la mandibule' is a flayed, grimacing man holding a jawbone in his right hand - an allusion to the story of Samson slaying the Philistines. 'Tête humaine injectée' is a rather more sober human head whose blood vessels were injected with coloured wax, red for arteries and blue for veins. And, most grandiose of all, 'Cavalier de l'apocalypse' is a flayed man on the back of a flayed galloping horse, inspired by a painting by Dürer.
|Venue name:||Musée Fragonard|
7 avenue du Général de Gaulle
|Opening hours:||Open 2-6pm Wed, Thur; 1-6pm Sat, Sun. Closed Aug|
|Transport:||Métro : Ecole vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort|
|Price:||Admission €7; €5 reductions; free under-18s|