Australian Institute of Art History Research Grant

Prize: Other distinction


This project examines the visual legacy and cultural significance of pathological research in Australia. Looking specifically to the foundational collection of anatomical wax models deployed by the University of Melbourne’s Medical School in the later nineteenth century, this study will investigate how disease in Australia was first visualised, studied, and understood.

An archive of 50 imported wax models constitutes the core of the University’s early anatomical collection and offers insights into how bodies were visualised and institutionally managed prior to Federation. Fashioned in France by Vasseur-Tramond and Jules Baretta and imported to Australia around 1890, these models straddle science and sculpture, revealing, through their anatomical content and representational form, how pathogenic education was first modelled and communicated in Australia.
Degree of recognitionNational
Granting OrganisationsArt Association of Australia and New Zealand