Turin: a museum to Lombroso
One hundred years after his death, 'University of Turin museum dedicated to Cesare Lombroso by making public view for the first time, the extensive collection housed at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of Turin. Thousands of pieces that will be exhibited from Friday 27th in the new Museo whose headquarters are located at the museum complex of
Palace of the Anatomical Institute. Anatomical findings, artifacts and writings of criminals and the insane, finds evidence, and improper their weapons, scientific instruments, documents and photographs that tell of long searches that the founder of 'Antropologia criminale took place from mid-nineteenth century.
Lombroso was a character full of contrasts: he was a socialist but also supported the genetic causes of deviance, undertook to improve the hygienic conditions of the population but was caught while temptations eugenetiche and all that, continuing relentlessly to develop criminological theories have proved very misleading. Next fortunately science has told us that criminals are not born and that fisiognomica lombrosiana is just a lot of hoaxes in the wake of a great nineteenth-century positivism claims by the media but far from adequate. Positivismo scientifico which, in turn of the century, in Turin was a center of international importance, as well as several collections held in university museums testify.
The Museum of Criminal Anthropology "Cesare Lombroso" aims to serve as a window on the very history of science and its attempts to probe the machine more mysterious universe: man. Collections, including skulls and body parts taken from corpses of criminals, casts and wax masks of the faces of criminals, handcrafts and art stand out, including the honor made by inmates in asylums and prisons, real objects that will be called "art brut" and drawings and paintings, restraint devices, photo albums, portraits, identity cards, weird and scientific apparatus, particularly important historical photographs and artifacts attinenti ad anarchici and bandits that give a no marginal contribution to the study of that period.