Insights

In recent years, many of the collections present in the Museum have been submitted to study and to conservative restoration. Among these are the substantial nucleus of botanical findings, consisting of 14 

herbals 

mostly 19th-century, and of several

xylological collections

eaturing woods of varying origins, as well as a fine series of zoological samples consisting of more than 250

 marine animals

conserved in liquid and prepared at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples, all coming from the Gulf of Naples, in addition to several unusual collections of manufactures of various types that have valuable artistic and scientific interest, mostly realised between the end of the 18th century and the end of the following century. Particularly outstanding among these works are the collection of 118

 glass models

of marine invertebrates produced by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka of Dresden and the numerous productions from the ceroplastics laboratory that originated at the end of the 18th century at the Imperial Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History of Florence, the workplace of artists such as Luigi Calamai (a precious collection of more than 250 wax mushrooms)

 wax mushrooms

and Egisto Tortori (the author of various anatomical models and more than 60

 wall panels

of naturalistic subjects).

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