Students studying in the 1700s under the tutelage of the Grand Duke of Tuscany at the Zoological Museum of the University of Florence — or La Specola — likely incorporated life-size versions of this wax sculpture in their classwork. This particular model was molded in Florence, Italy.
The skin has been removed from this male model to reveal the muscles and bones. Different models were created to emphasize different certain features of the body. If you were an instructor during this period, you’d probably turn to Clemente Susini for your figures. Susini, a wax modeler, was renowned for his accuracy and attention to anatomical details.