Provisional programme

The program is organised around the following subjects related to wax modelling:

  • 1. History
  • 2. Collections
  • 3. Museology and Documentation
  • 4. Sculpture (materials and techniques / procedures)
  • 5. Restoration (analysis, diagnosis and intervention) & Conservation

Wednesday, June 28 2017

16:00 - 20:00 Registration
Faculty of Medicine. Complutense University of Madrid

16:00 - 19:00 Registration for the visit to “Javier Puerta” Anatomy Museum.
Faculty of Medicine. Complutense University of Madrid

Thursday, June 29 2017

Conferences on History, Collections, Museology and Documentation

08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:30 Opening of the Congress


09:30 - 10:10Alfons Zarzoso (Barcelona, Spain). Bodies, waxes, exhibitions and the fate of the Spanish medical heritage.

Collections and Museology

10:10 - 10:50 Christiane Druml (Vienna, Austria). Precious Objects The Anatomical Wax Models of the Josephinum in Vienna.

10:50 - 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:00 Ken Arnold (London, UK). Waxing Lyrical: Making Old Exhibits Public Again.

12:00 - 12:30 Juan Francisco Pastor (Valladolid, Spain). The Anatomical Waxes of Vasseur-Tramond of the Valladolid University.

12:30 - 13:30 Fermín Viejo (Madrid, Spain). The Anatomical Waxes of the Museum of Anatomy “Javier Puerta”.
Amaya Maruri and David Aranda (Madrid, Spain). The Rescue of the Olavide Museum. A New Beginning, Challenges and Commitments to the Artistic Heritage in the Medical Field.
Joaquín Sánchez de Lollano (Madrid, Spain). The Collection of Anatomical Waxes of the Complutense Veterinary Museum. Comparative and Versatile Purpose of its Models.

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch Break


15:00 -15:40 José Luis Gonzalo Sánchez-Molero (Madrid, Spain). The Anatomy from Wax Drawings to Sculptures, Medical Education during 16th to 19th Centuries.


16:10 - 16:40 José Sañudo (Madrid). Anatomy and Form

16:40 - 17:10 Coffee Break

17:10 - 19:30 Communications (Poster sessions)

Friday, June 30 2017


08:30 - 09:00 Javier Martínez (Madrid, Spain). The Casting Technique Applied to Natural Ceroplastic.

09:00 - 09:40 Juan Bordes (Madrid, Spain). Anatomy and Skin: Energy and Light Built in Wax.

Restoration and conservation

09:40 - 10:40 Laura Speranza y Francesca Rossi. The Restoration of the Italian Anatomical Wax in the experience of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure di Firenze.

10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break

11:10 - 11:40Martina Peters (Vienna, Austria). Wax Bodies - The Viennese Collection of Anatomical Wax Models.

11:40 - 12:10 Benjamin Bartl (Prague, Czech Republic). The Efflorescence on the Surface of Beeswax Objects.

12:10 - 12:40 Johanna Lang (Munich, Germany). A Fascinating Challenge: About the Conservation of the Oversize Wax-Model "Phrenological Head" of the Collection at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.

12:40 - 13:10 Alicia Sánchez (Madrid, Spain). Conservation and Restoration of a Unique Heritage. Ceroplastic Anatomical Collections at the Complutense University of Madrid.

13:10 - 13:40 José Ygnacio Pastor (Madrid). Sustainable Impermanence: Materials Science in Art Restoration Ceroplastics.

13:40 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 15:30 Margarita San Andrés and Ruth Chércoles (Madrid, Spain). Methodology for Physicochemical Analysis Applied to the Study of Waxworks.

15:30 - 16:00 Sandra Micó (Malaga, Spain). Cleaning of the Anatomical Waxes: A Methodological Proposal for the Royal College of Surgeons of San Carlos.

16:00 - 19:30 Oral communications about sculpture (parallel sessions)

21:00 Gala Dinner