The Real Bodies exhibition returns to Milan, with an expanded and updated catalog of human and animal anatomy, in homage to the “Milan and Leonardo” project, which in 2019 will celebrate the fifth centenary of the Tuscan master’s death.
The Real Bodies exhibition, which has been among the most successful exhibition initiatives in recent years, presents thirty installations of real plastinated human finds that reproduce with great expressive force the anatomical studies that Leonardo da Vinci, pioneer of modern forensic medicine, carried out based on his personal experience in the field of autopsies. The famous Vitruvian Man and an incredible embryological study take shape in the Real Bodies exhibition, revealing the very high level of knowledge and the extreme precision in drawing Leonardo reached.
The Real Bodies exhibition, divided into sections, also sheds light on the current knowledge of the human body in the medical-scientific field, which is at the center of the spaces dedicated to the human atlas, a real three-dimensional atlas divided into sections, each dedicated to one specific system including muscular, skeletal, digestive, reproductive, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Ample space within the exhibition is occupied by the section dedicated to comparative anatomy, where it will be possible to analyze in detail the similarities and differences between human and animal anatomical structures. The visit to this section will offer unexpected discoveries; for example, it will be possible to learn that in the whole animal kingdom, the primacy of the highest ratio between heart and body weight belongs to the dog. The sensational presence of the section is the real plastinated heart of a humpback whale which, with its one meter wide, represents one of the largest heart muscles on the planet, an incredible organ in size and hydraulic power compared to the human one which is 400 times smaller.
An important section on the topic of biomechanics completes the exhibition. Through the analysis of the principles of mechanics that move the human body, determining the different behavior of physiological structures in the face of static or dynamic stresses, it will be possible to understand how biomechanics studies are at the basis of the development of sciences such as bioengineering, increasingly engaged in the search for cutting-edge solutions in the therapeutic and rehabilitative fields.
Embellished with new exhibition sections that tell the evolution of scientific knowledge on anatomy from Leonardo’s studies to modern biomechanics, the Real Bodies exhibition in Milan will lead the public on a spectacular journey to discover the human body by revealing the secrets of its functioning and proposing an interesting reflection on cultural and scientific issues, such as the aspiration towards the immortality of mummification today or the last frontiers of reconstructive surgery.
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