Dr. Gunther von Hagens plastinates the “crucified Jesus”

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The German Newspaper “Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung” reported on the 14th of April 2012 that Dr. Gunther von Hagens recently finished plastinating the “crucified Jesus”. The specimen, which is a combined bone- / blood vessels preparation, shall be carried over the alps all the way to Rome. You can find the German online article here: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/wissenschaft/Gunther-von-Hagens-Jesus-am-Kreuz-als-letztes-grosses-Werk-id19564271.html.

The article also shows a picture of the “Sitting Act” plastination from Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The city of Augsburg did not allow the presentation of this “Sex-Plastinate” in the context of the Bodyworlds exhibition in the past. The Augsburger Allgemeine had also published an article about my own plastination of animals a while ago.

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  1. Sheelendra

    Your comment is awiiatng moderation.I just saw it today in Vancouver and found it to be amazing! I am Catholic too and had no problem with it from a religious point of view. I spent three hours in there with my audio tour completely fascinated.The only plastinate that creeped me out was one of a woman with her head cut open and her tongue sticking out with her eyes bulging out. It completely freaked me out but that was the only one I had an issue with.Seeing the babies and embryo’s with eyes and a heart at 4 weeks was incredible.I also thought it was amazing to see a chicken and a human face, hand etc completely constructed from blood vessels that had been plastinated! That was so neat.I would recommend this to anyone. It really helps you to see the detrimental effects of smoking, obesity, coal dust etc on human organs and is a great up close approach to prevention. This truly helps you learn about anatomy much better than any textbook.CheersMelissa

  2. nops shotton

    It was shown in ‘the body in question’ Joan Bakewell, that a body weighing more than 40 kilos would simply tear away from a ‘crucifixion position’, so therefore all the paintings/sculptures, in this position, were fictional.

    • Pauline

      Keith, my rational side has to agree with you. From a selaucr point of view, the remaining body after death is not more than a mortal coil. I guess, my selaucrisation isn’t complete enough to have lost all of my reverence towards death. However, I can’t follow all of your arguments. First, I doubt the argument, that a lot of people will be inspired to be organ donors. A campaign with living people, who live because they received organs would be probably much more effective. The ecological argument doesn’t strike IMHO. Besides the fact, that modern corpses in our western civilisations might be filled up with cemicals, the vast majority of dead people will decompose in a few years. This is probably more ecological than the remains of plastination, which seems to be filled with chemicals The trend to Lenin-style tombs might be a future trend, especially in the US, with it’s tradition of open coffins (I don’t know, if it is the right term and my knowledge about that, might be influenced by Six feet under ) which is very unusual in Germany these days.There is a trend towards cardboard cuffins, too

    • Pratap

      I want to believe it too! 😉 not that i think this slohud be typical means of embalming a body. im kind of a partial to rotting in the ground and having my flesh return from where it came. i just think it would be very fitting for old micky. (speaking of well preserving corpses- this type of preservation (plastination) does make one question, just how long the ancient egyptian mummys kept their “life-like appearance”. i can only assume that they looked near life-like for quite sometime, if their corpses are still rotting, instead of disintegrated after thousands of years.)

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