La Specola Collection
From the archives of La Specola of Florence, (the oldest Natural History Museum in Europe -1775), this Collection was cast from museum specimens collected during the age of discovery. At a time when science and magic were intertwined, the museum was in part created to house the extensive curiosity collection of natural specimens from the renowned Medici family, whose influence shaped and inspired the Italian renaissance.
Stacy Hopkins was granted special permission to create molds directly from select animal skulls on display within the hall of skeletons, (some of which were centuries old). As you wear these pieces, you connect directly with this macabre yet fascinating museum, as each piece is labeled with it's corresponding museum archival number and Latin name.
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