A trip to the Turin anatomy museum and some Bordeaux sketches

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From the Museum of Criminal Anthropology, the collection of Cesare Lombroso. Wax death masks, skulls by the hundreds, weird faces, it was heavenly.

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The good professor had kept many of the murder weapons of the inmates, some of them hand-made or pinched off railings. I discovered the ‘Crocefisso Pugnale” or crucifix with a hidden blade. According to the inscription, a ‘travestiti da monaci’.

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Ho for the Anatomy Museum of Luigi Rolando! A few ghoulish preserved limbs (such as this hand of a famous surgeon, and many foetus skeletons in bell jars), but mostly disembodied wax models. I will be back.

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Anatomy Museum model. In the old days they used to sneak in a bit of artistry and drama into their wax models, and the anatomy wasn’t 100% correct. Apparently the lymph nodes were off on this one.

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Gate of the Synagogue, Bordeaux. Let us put to bed the myth of the rude French! At least 4 people came up for a good old chat as I draw this, to talk about illustration, tell me about the building, and ask if I was Jewish.

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A mascaron of Bordeaux. These are above many of the doorways, and heaps are pulling weird faces. This pencil shading is a bit Year 9 art class for me, but it was good to sit down and really figure out how they carved them.

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A brass band on the foreshore of the River Garonne, Bordeaux.

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Main street of Bordeaux.

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V quick gestural drawings outside the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, Place de la Comedie (10-30 seconds each). Only the statues weren’t on their phones. We counted 5 Hen’s nights.

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These ladies were on the top of the Opera National de Bordeaux. Bordeaux was glorious, I’ll be back.

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