Sala Grassi

In the Museum of Comparative Anatomy ''Battista Grassi'', in Rome, the hall dedicated to the zoologist Giovanni Battista Grassi (1854-1925), whose name is related to the identification of the mosquito that transmits malaria, contains his manuscripts, few possessions and a collection of scientific instruments.

The tablet on the entrance to the Sala Grassi


The Hall

The large hall that contains documents, papers and magazines about Giovanni Battista Grassi's life and also some furniture used by himself, like the chair and the desk on the left side of the photo.


Archives of Giovanni Battista Grassi concerning malaria researches and medical records.


Giovanni Battista Grassi's worktable full of stuff like obituaries, or one of his book 'Studi di uno zoologo sulla malaria' published by L'Accademia dei Lincei:


A display case with his honours and the death mask.


His honours. In detail : a small medal of 'Senatore del Regno',the medal of 'L'Accademia delle Scienze' on the right and the 'Darwin medal' ,on the left ,with which the Royal Society of London awarded Giovanni Battista Grassi.1


The death mask.


The sedan chair (portantina) used to bring Professor Grassi to his classes, during the last two years of life because of arthritis.

  • Photos by Francesco Saverio Loria moc.liamg|airolsocsecnarf#| and Filippo Crisci moc.liamg|79icsircoppilif#| (January 2017) courtesy of Prof. Ernesto Capanna and Prof. Castiglia Riccardo.
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  • Ernesto Capanna, 'Una visita guidata al Museo di Anatomia Comparata', Sapienza Universit√† Editrice, Roma 2014, pp.79
  • Ernesto Capanna, 'Battista Grassi,Uno zoologo per la malaria', Parassitologia, Dicembre 1996, Volume 38, Supplemento 1, pp.46
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