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History and art of human anatomy and pathological anatomy


The Morgagni Museum of Human Anatomy offers a perspective into the living conditions and pathologies that humans encountered during the 18th and 19th centuries while revealing the progress made in the medical field in the prevention and treatment of disease.

The museum commemorates Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682-1771) who, during his time in Padua as professor of Anatomy, laid the foundation for modern pathological anatomy and the anatomical-clinical method.

While adhering to the strictest of safety and visitor protection standards, the structure of its innovative exhibition system stands out and enhances the collection under brightly lit display cases for greater transparency.

The Pathological Anatomy section of the Morgagni Museum of Human Anatomy is open to the public by appointment only and for special events.

Information: //www.musei.unipd.it/en/morgagnimuseum/visit

The Morgagni Museum of Human Anatomy is located at via Aristide Gabelli, 61 – Padova.


After celebrating a century of Padua’s Anatomical Institute (1922-2022), the public can now visit its mural by artist Milo Manara. Ascending the monumental staircase that connects the atrium housing anatomical specimens from the Morgagni Museum of Human Anatomy, the mural by Milo Manara follows along the upper floor where laboratories and the library are located.

With the work of Milo Manara, the mere succession of steps has become a connecting element between the anatomical rooms in the basement, the classrooms on the ground floor and the laboratories on the first floor. The work offers a conceptual flow between historical anatomy practices and advanced morphological sciences, transforming it into a place between art and science.

The mural pays homage to the city and its relationship with figurative art by integrating drawings and paintings with anatomical learning that follow towards other works found in Padua include Vesalius performing dissection, the anatomical studies of Leonardo da Vinci, and Seated Male Nude, and a Study of His Right Aram, c.1511 by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Visiting the Mural by Milo Manara is by appointment only.

Access to the staircase is located via Aristide Gabelli, 65 – Padova.


Learn more about the MURAL BY MILO MANARA