Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Art

Corruption and Plague…
The Wax Works of Gaetano Zumbo

Gaetano Giulio Zumbo (1656-1701) was a wax sculptor with an obsession with anatomy and corruption. He is best known for his anatomical models laying in the LA SPECOLA section of the Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy, but he also created a series of momento mori tableau for his patron the Grand Duke of Tuscany focused on the stages of decomposition of the human body. He also created pieces focused on death by plague and syphilis. By today’s standards, his work is morbid and horrifically beautiful, but perhaps death was a much more familiar face in the 17th century than it is now. Check out a selection of his work below…

000img5173
508cc3ccccf9482416ccbd0ba58c1afe
1024px-Gaetano_zumbo,_cere_della_peste_02
a66eb786-8089-11e2-aed5-00144feabdc0.img
a904a17c-8089-11e2-aed5-00144feabdc0.img
ab5c654a-8089-11e2-aed5-00144feabdc0.img
Ceroplastica_Zumbo_Spellato
Gaetano_zumbo,_cera_teste
Gateano_zumbo,_il_trionfo_del_tempo_06
tumblr_n4nvzoTsLB1tzwg9ro4_r1_1280
web-Final-Black-Plague
Zumbo_Gaetano_Zummo_Zumbo_artista_ceroplasta_012
Zumbo_Gaetano_Zummo_Zumbo_artista_ceroplasta_La_Peste_1691_004
Zumbo_Pest_Detail
face_6d892e916cea1fc1847d13364dd28142-610x455
A.66-1938 Relief A Damned Soul; Wax relief, in the style of Gaetano Giulio Zumbo, Italy, ca. 1670-1700. Gaetano Giulio Zumbo (1656-1701), style of Italy Ca. 1700 Wax, on painted copper
A.66-1938
Relief
A Damned Soul; Wax relief, in the style of Gaetano Giulio Zumbo, Italy, ca. 1670-1700.
Gaetano Giulio Zumbo (1656-1701), style of
Italy
Ca. 1700
Wax, on painted copper
Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Gally Sheedy

    June 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Robert Fortner this made me think of your paintings 🙂 hope all is well

  2. Shauntay Ramsey

    June 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Guy DeCataldo

  3. Ramilton Hobert

    June 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Awesome. I’ve seen these in person. The one of the man’s head has a note next to it that explains he modeled his creation after taking the head of a man that had been executed by beheading (I think Guillotine, if I remember correctly…)

  4. Josh Haney

    June 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Mark Dickinson

  5. Tinto Blasf

    June 24, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Francesco Sorricaro gitarella fuoriporta?

    • Francesco Sorricaro

      June 24, 2015 at 1:58 am

      fico! Ma un po’ lontanuccio di stì tempi. Magari ta un po’… 😉

  6. Bernard Fort

    June 24, 2015 at 12:29 am

    kick ass!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relapse Monolord
FITM
CD
FXCK RXP
Sentient 112217
Advertisement

You May Also Like