World-famous but nonetheless hidden
A one-of-a-kind collection including the “Medici Venus” and some 1,200 anatomical wax models
650 years of Viennese medical history in the spotlight
Format13,5 x 21 cm Seiten112 Abbildungen120 EinbandBroschur mit Klappen
Strolling past it, one might take the building for a charming city palace. But the almost Parisian impression created by its graceful main courtyard and delicate façade deceive: the Josephinum is the pivot point of Viennese medical history.
The Josephinum, one of the most prominent examples of neoclassical architecture in the city, was built in the course of the comprehensive social reforms initiated by Joseph II in the second half of the 18th century and was part of the “medical district” that included the mighty complex of the General Hospital and the so-called “Narrenturm”, the “Tower of Fools” that served as an insane asylum. Originally established as a medico-surgical military academy, the Josephinum is today a place in which the grand history of the Viennese medical schools is preserved and explored.
It houses a unique collection consisting of 1,200 anatomical wax models commissioned by Joseph II in Florence, the historical library, and various exhibits of medical objects from several centuries. Today’s Medical University of Vienna retains an enormously rich cultural legacy which this book presents in a compelling and informative manner.