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Commissioned by the Science Museum for the 'Faith, Hope and Fear' gallery in Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries. This figure is part surgeon and part saint, combining objects and imagery from different faiths and medical practices. The hands are cast from those of eminent cardiac surgeon Francis Wells. The amulets that cover Santa Medicina's skirts are drawn from objects in the galleries, international medical collections and the life of the sculpture. Members of staff at the museum, the foundry, the artist's friends and colleagues suggested symbols relevant to them, including a wax model of twins in the womb, chosen by Keeper of Medicine Natasha McEnroe to an orthodontic retainer brace, chosen by Curator of Art Collections, Katy Barrett.

Science Museum

London


Date

2019

Medium

bronze, wax, glass, cotton, silk & nylon

Measurements

H 200 x W 120 x D 120 cm

Accession number

E2018.0866.1

Work type

Sculpture


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