Collection : musée Fragonard de l'École nationale vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort / Photo Olivier Jourdanet / MCC

Plaster casting of a horse heart, by Eugene Petitcolin, circa 1908

While plaster is the material of choice for artists, its use is less common in anatomical depictions. However, certain collections in French veterinary schools house numerous colourful specimens. Plaster has the advantage of being inexpensive and easy to handle.