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Cabinets of Curiosities

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The cabinet of curiosities, that strange assemblage of marvels from the natural world with virtuoso man-made objects, seemed definitively consigned to realms where only scholars venture. Its 300-year history apparently came to an end with the eccentric collectors of the baroque age, when scientific thinking and rationalism took over. But in recent years the cabinet of ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Thames & Hudson
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Shannon
The age of exploration incited curiosity of natural specimens, mechanical innovations, and marvelous objects, breeding the desire to collect and classify the rare, the strange, or (merely) everything.

This was a time before science, art, and fantasy diverged into catalogs, museums and encyclopedia, when the aesthetic arrangement and juxtaposition of uncommon items were as integral to a collection as the pieces themselves.

Patrick Mauriès picks out the most fascinating objects, collectors, and disp
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Aug 09, 2008 Mira rated it it was amazing
a giant lush coffee table book about the history of 16th/17th century wunderkammeren---the cabinets of curiosities created by early explorers, naturalists, scientists, emperors and the cultural elite. Great images!
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Aug 05, 2007 Gregg rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous, fascinating book about the history of collecting items of nature in "cabinets" that sometimes were the size of large rooms.
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