THE FIRST MUSEUMS Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos —Stephen Sondheim We know that people have ... During the Renaissance it became fashionable to build 'museums' commonly known as 'Cabinets of Curiosities' or ...
Author: Marc Allum
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Explore the wonderful world of antiques and collectables with Antiques Roadshow regular, Marc Allum. Go in search of stolen masterpieces, learn the secrets of the forgers, track down Napoleon’s toothbrush and meet the garden gnome insured for £1 million. Eclectic, eccentric and brimming with remarkable tales from history, The Collector’s Cabinet is for all those who are fascinated by the relics of the past.
The collections were housed in the newly constructed Dutch Cabinet Galleries, small chambers suitable for the small paintings and objects typical of such collections. About half the reproductions are in color. No index.
Author: Arthur K. Wheelock
Catalog of an exhibition of 173 objects, including paintings, sculpture, books, prints, decorative objects, scientific and musical instruments, shells and coral, representative of the types of objects owned by wealthy, learned collectors at the end of the 17th century in the Netherlands. Most of the objects date from the 16th and 17th centuries and come from the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and England, although a few come from Asia.
Ancestor of the modern museum, the cabinet of curiosity coincidently stands in contrast to modern systems of classification ... this serendipitous organization can illuminate the task of a collector's narrative, a task forgotten by many ...
Author: Janelle A. Schwartz
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study asks its readers to enter into an investigation of the nature of collecting as an aesthetic exercise. Spanning the sixteenth century through today, this book gathers together the work of current scholars to re-envision the task of collectors and their collections in broad strokes. Each chapter appropriates the idea of a cabinet of curiosity in order to expand its boundaries of meaning and to complicate our understanding of the acts of display and observation. These chapters also demonstrate that collecting is a universal trope which nevertheless depends on time and place for its particular expressions. Whether the collection is made up of literary texts and criticism, visual art, including mechanical reproductions, taxidermy and photography, historical travelogues, museum exhibitions, blockbuster films, or airline in-flight briefing cards, it conveys an urgent relevance to our consumer age, in which information is abundant and attention is a commodity.
The focus of this large, wonderfully designed book is an outstanding eighteenth-century Dutch cabinet from the Rijksmuseum's extraordinary furniture collection.
Author: Paul van Duin
The focus of this large, wonderfully designed book is an outstanding eighteenth-century Dutch cabinet from the Rijksmuseum's extraordinary furniture collection. This cabinet houses a miraculous collection of curiosities including a mini-apothecary's shop filled with over 300 jars, pots and bottles containing medicines. Concealed behind the rear wall of the cabinet, 55 secret drawers reveal a varied collection of over 2.000 naturalia specimens -- including seeds, flowers, roots, resins, ores and a great deal more. The cabinet was probably owned by a wealthy doctor or pharmacist and its contents were intended as a curiosity, for the amusement of a select group of friends, family, and other collectors. Twenty-first-century readers will doubtlessly be equally impressed by this truly exceptional Dutch collectors cabinet. In this visually stunning publication, the complete contents of this magnificent cabinet are on display for the first time and in almost real size. Several authors describe the contents of the miniature apothecary's shop and some of the remarkable remedies it contains, as well as the artful and varied arrangements of naturalia found in the drawers.