Wax Anatomical Model with Pretty Face

A work made of gelatin silver print, edition 6/6.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print, edition 6/6.

Date:

1990

Artist:

Zoe Leonard
American, born 1961

About this artwork

Often distinguished by a low-tech, documentary approach, Zoe Leonard’s photographs reveal what is generally forbidden or forgotten. Early in her career, she examined historical images of women. Wax Anatomical Model with Pretty Face—a photograph of a realistic wax female figure (with pubic hair, makeup, and a pearl necklace) whose internal organs are exposed for medical examination—poetically balances visceral fascination with feminist critique. Discovered by the artist at the Museum of Comparative Anatomy in Paris, the figure is clinical in its anatomical precision, but also perversely seductive; Leonard’s depiction juxtaposes desire and horror.

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Artist

Zoe Leonard

Title

Wax Anatomical Model with Pretty Face

Origin

United States

Date

1990

Medium

Gelatin silver print, Edition 6/6

Dimensions

71.1 x 104.1 cm (28 x 41 in.)

Credit Line

Claire and Gordon Prussian Fund for Contemporary Art

Reference Number

2006.174

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