Paolo Gorini

Paolo Gorini

Between stone and ash on the bicentenary of his birth (1813-2013)
by Alberto Carli


This exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Lombardy naturalist Paolo Gorini (Pavia 1813 – Lodi 1881), author of experimental investigations of geology, promoter of cremation in Italy, but who became especially known in the mid-19th century for his preparation technique known as anatomical “petrification”, which became famous in 1872 when Gorini applied it successfully to the preparation of a deceased leader of the Risorgimento, Giuseppe Mazzini.
Stone and ash are the two cultural poles of a multi-faceted nineteenth-century scholar who from experimental geological research came to “mineralize” organic tissue and then devote himself to the “purification of bodies by fire”.


1. Biographical album
2. History of a collection
3. Petrification


Storia di uno scienziato. La collezione anatomica Paolo Gorini, by Alberto Carli, Azzano San Paolo, Bolis, 2005
Alberto Carli, La collezione anatomica Paolo Gorini: 1981-2011, foreword by Guido Broich,Villasanta, Limina mentis, 2011
Lorenzo Lorusso et alii, Geology, conservation and dissolution of corpses by Paolo Gorini (1813-1881), Geological Society, London, Special Publications On Line First, July 9, 2013

Digitization by Lorenzo Angeli

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