Dancing Beak to Beak.

I think I might have already found my favourite place in Florence. It’s La Specola; the extraordinary zoology museum housed in a old and splendidly dilapidated palazzo.

It is home to a spectacular collection of wax anatomical models. I am not normally a squeamish woman but there’s something about these creations that makes me uneasy. It’s partly that they are lying on yellowing drapes ( complete with discoloured fringing and tassels) which makes me think of Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia and the House of Usher spring to mind. I find the still fresh tresses and plump young skin disquieting when it’s in such close juxtaposition to apparently newly flayed muscles or exposed bowels.



However I did like the birds.


And there were SUCH a lot of them….



I started wondering what it would be like if they all came to life suddenly. And I doubt they’d be very happy about being held in such a hugger-mugger fashion.


In fact I think they’d be like Rebecca in the eponymous novel by Daphne du Maurier. And they wouldn’t come kindly.

Not they.

About pennimania

Artist, entomologist, grumbler.
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