Museum Vrolik

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Museum Vrolik Unisex Oil | Summer 2018

{Clear / Oriental}
Frankincense, cardamom, nag champa, aged leather, glass cabinets and cold lights. Very sharp and clinical initially but wears down slightly oriental.

Our Summer 2018 fragrance selection is inspired by vintage ‘freakshow’ aesthetic – extraordinary conditions, human oddities and performances that were considered ‘shocking’ to viewers at the time. Possibly the largest collection of human deformities in one place, the University of Amsterdam’s anatomical and embryological museum began as the private teratological (the study of deformity, a popular subject for anatomists in the 18th and 19th centuries) collection of Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859) and his son Willem Vrolik (1801-1863). Both were professors of anatomy at the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam.

Willem wrote extensively on deformities, including cyclopia, the pathogenesis of congenital anomalies, and conjoined twins. The collection was purchased by the city of Amsterdam in 1869 and eventually found its home at the university. Other anatomical collections have been added to the museum over the years, including a collection of bone pathology, a dental collection, and other teratological specimens. Since 1994, 150 specimens displaying anatomical oddities or deformations have been on display.

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