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The secret lives of mannequins

A new exhibition has opened this week, which displays life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks from collections across the world.

The Fitzwilliam Museum aims to explain the life and evolution of the artist's mannequin in Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish.

It shows how from being an inconspicuous studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes, the lay figure became the "fetishised" subject of the artist's painting, and eventually, in the 20th century, a work of art in its own right.

We spoke to Jane Munro, the curator of the exhibition.

Video journalist: Nikki Nahal

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