In 18th-century Europe, death was all around. But since few people understood the potential failings of the human body, most simply held fast to their faith and left the rest up to God. Progressive church leaders threw their weight behind medical research and education, helping congregants better understand the mysteries within their own bodies.
The movement's crowning achievement was the Anatomical Venus, an incredibly lifelike wax model - down to her real hair and eyelashes. Collectors Weekly spoke with Joanna Ebenstein about her fascinating new book on the Anatomical Venus, and its pivotal moment in history.